Berkeley Vale Achievements

The Wickster’s Brook, River Cam and the Ozleworth Brook have been the main focus of the Berkeley Vale Water Vole Recovery Project’s habitat enhancement scheme, working closely with farmers/landowners and key partners, e.g. the Environment Agency.

 

Wickster’s Brook

  • Total length: 5,100 m.
  • Length enhanced for water voles: 3,450 m (68%), including 2,900m stretch downstream of M5 (>1.5-2 km).
  • Suitability of remaining unenhanced stretch: OK

River Cam

  • (from outlet up to major culvert which blocks colonisation further upstream to the River Ewelme).
  • Total length: 6,750 m, in two obvious sections upstream and downstream of M5.
  • Length enhanced for water voles in downstream section (into which the Wickster’s Brook flows): 2,950 m (100%).
  • Length enhanced for water voles in upstream section: 680 m (18%).
  • Suitability of remaining unenhanced stretch: 950 m very poor (industrial/urban), 400 m poor (heavily overshaded and/or ravine-like), 1,770 m OK (work programme on-going).

Ozleworth Brook

  • (from outlet up to Ozleworth Bottom)
  • Total length: 5,600 m.
  • Length enhanced for water voles: 3,050 m (54%)*, plus 2,450 m (48%) of tributary, Kilcott Brook – work programme on-going.

*Including the establishment of a former trout farm at Nind on the Ozleworth Brook (Key Wildlife Site for water voles) as a nature reserve for Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Suitability of remaining unenhanced stretch: Poor (heavily overshaded).