On a recent walk along the banks of the River Nadder we found this hen fish whose long migratory journey has ended abruptly but not in vain; providing a food source for a thriving river Otter population.
Its great to see so many Salmon in the river this year – lets hope its a good sign for the future.
We’d like to wish all our customers a happy new year, and we look forward to working with you all again in 2016. We’ve got interesting projects lined up over the next couple of months including River Restoration and Forestry works. This week we’re busy in the New Forest helping clear natural regeneration from the Heath. This forms part of our wider work for the Forestry Commission to protect and enhance the important habitats found in the New Forest.
Five Rivers office is now closed for the holidays, but don’t worry we’ll be back on the 4th January ready to discuss your exciting projects for 2016!
Five Rivers has certainly had a busy year. New members of staff have joined the team at Meadow Barn; Adam and Mel. We have continued to invest in our staff with training to keep us pushing the boundaries of best practice. Meadow Barn itself has undergone a major transformation, with the upstairs space transformed into a lovely, cosy, warm office! A state of art new kitchen has been fitted downstairs and the boys now have luxury welfare facilities including a beautiful drying room, which has made working in this wet weather a sheer pleasure! We have invested in new specialist machinery specifically for our ecological works.
We have worked on some of the countries highest profile rivers, and have implemented some great new techniques and designs which we are looking forward to building on. As well as our river works we have completed our Year 1 contract with the Forestry Commission and helped to restore some of Europe’s rarest Mire habitats. As well as these works we have been involved in ecological mitigation, moving, saving, and enhancing some equally rare habitats.
2016 is looking to be potentially our best year ever, with a substantial amount of repeat business already booked into our work programme.
To all our old, new and potential customers we wish you all a merry festive season.
Picture above: Future Director of Five Rivers; Fynn to take over at 28 – subject to going to bed on time!
Five Rivers Environemntal recently completed a river restoration scheme for a heavily impacted section of the River Cherwell in Banbury. There has been great feedback with local park users able to re-connect with the river. This great article describes the scheme which was managed by Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT). Full case study can be read here.
Five Rivers is delighted to announce the arrival of Mel who has joined the team as Office Administrator. Mel has recently completed her BSc in Conservation and Wildlife Management and is looking to further her understanding of the environmental contracting sector.
Five Rivers staff recently re-visited a three year river restoration project on the River Wensum SAC. It was great to see that channel narrowing and bed raising works have led to increased sinuosity and habitat diversity.
These visits will inform further Wensum restoration works starting in September 2015.
Large numbers of White-clawed crayfish remains were found at a river Otter feeding site at one of our previous enhancement projects in Norfolk. Great to see both species thriving alongside a healthy fish population! We are able to provide survey and advise for both native and non-native crayfish.
We take our role as an environmental contractor very seriously and as such have a program of staff training and development to ensure our staff have a good awareness of protected species, survey techniques and mitigation. This week we invited an experienced water vole ecologist in to talk to us about legislation, mitigation and to refresh our skills in identification of field signs. This helps us ensure that we are compliant with legislation and best practice, but also helps us tailor our enhancements to provide the best possible habitat for this declining mammal species.
This photograph was taken in Salisbury city centre, adjacent to the Harnham Water Meadows.
We are pleased to announce that Five Rivers Environmental Contracting Ltd. is now registered on Constructionline and Achilles UVDB making it even easier for our clients to find us, and to give assurance that we meet the highest standards in Health & Safety, Environmental Awareness and Quality.
Five Rivers is currently looking for Site Operatives to assist with our busy works schedule over the summer months.
All personnel must have relevant work experience and recognised qualifications.
Please contact the office on 01722 783041.