The River Lark chalk stream is a unique and important habitat of which there are very few worldwide. Over time, the Lark has become degraded and cannot support the rich and varied wildlife it once did – bad news for everyone who uses the river, whether for recreation or business.
The River Lark Catchment Partnership, the Environment Agency, the Lark Angling Preservation Society, the Wild Trout Trust and Bury Trout Club, have all been actively undertaking sporadic river restoration with limited funds. These groups have demonstrated the amazing results that can be achieved through volunteer efforts.
Recent restoration projects undertaken have transformed sluggish sections of river into more sinuous and energised flows dramatically improving habitat and visual quality. These efforts have culminated in two prestigious Wild Trout Trust national awards.
This project will undertake significant river restoration on the river Lark, between Fornham upstream and beyond Mildenhall, and will galvanise community and volunteer participation leading to more sustainable community-based river management.
Workshops and training opportunties will teach, organisations and volunteers the skills required to look after the rivers over a 5 year period, sustainably building a group that can continue to care for the rivers, long after initial delivery phase.