Chalk Stream Restoration Film – River Bourne Salisbury

This is a short film showcasing a river restoration project in Southern England completed by Five Rivers Environmental Contracting in 2013. Fish passage was greatly improved and some great habitat created. We went back to see how the site in 2016 and found thriving fish populations and diverse macroinvertebrate fauna.  Take a look at our River and Wetland and Environmental Monitoring services as well as our extensive back catalogue of case studies.


Water Vole Survey

Water Vole Survey


We were out on the River Avon in Salisbury this week undertaking Water Vole surveys as part of a green bank protection project for a private riparian landowner.  If you haven’t seen the revised guidance on Water Vole Mitigation it can be purchased on the Mammal Society Website.


Water Vole Feeding Signs

Fish Survey Woodley Lake

Electric Fishing Survey

We had a team out enjoying the sunshine today carrying out a Fish Survey and Silt Survey at a lake near Reading to inform future restoration and management of the site. Electric fishing can give you a good indication of fish species present, we even found a large albino Channel Catfish which came as a surprise!  A silt sample will be sent off for analysis and volumes calculated enable us to advise the best method of silt reduction. Contact us if you have a lake requiring assessment.

Team Building – Sea Fishing

Sea Fishing

The team recently went out for a day on the San Gina II out of Swanage, over 30 fish we’re landed with Ali getting the biggest, an impressive Tope.  Now back to the busy works program!

Henry Ray Jon with Ray Ali Tope

Five Rivers are Recruiting

We are currently recruiting for a Site Manager …click here to see job advert on Countryside Job Service.

We also have subcontracting / short term contract opportunities working on a range of ecological mitigation and restoration projects for:


  • Site operatives unskilled – must be hard working and have a current CSCS card as a minimum
  • Site operatives skilled – experienced excavator / dumper drivers with NPORS or CPCS certificiation



Contact Ali on or 01722 783041 to discuss further

River Restoration Conference (RRC) 2016

We’re looking forward to the 2016 River Restoration Conference, an Annual Network Conference which this year is being held at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool on the 26th & 27th April. Come and find us at the Five Rivers Environmental stand.

Habitat Translocation Project

Grassland Translocation

We are one week into a ten week turf translocation project to move 8ha of unimproved mesotrophic grassland in the Midlands, the donor can be seen on the right at the end of the rainbow.  Due to ground conditions considerable resource has gone into installing a haul road using over 1000 tonne of stone and 300 bog mats that will ensure we can work in all weathers.  This investment early on in a project ensures smooth delivery for habitat translocation projects, and mitigates for constant risk of poor environmental conditions delaying works. Get in touch to discuss the habitat translocation services we offer.


Weir Notching – Fish Passage Improvements on the River Ash

Weir notching on River Ash

We have recently had a team out starting a river habitat improvement project on the River Ash near Shepperton.  Phase one involved notching a concrete weir to improve fish passage and longitudinal connectivity.  Today we are building a oak control structure to maintain levels in connected lake, then we’ll be back in August to restore an historic mill leat into a fish by-pass channel. Weir notching is quick and simple procedure that can have massive benefits to a catchment, this is one of many fish passage solutions we can offer. Contact us for more details.