Project Overview

The River Wharfe is a nationally important river designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its contrasting upland and lowland character which is important for its wildlife and habitat. The SSSI was in poor condition as a result of historic management methods which prevented the river from functioning naturally, reducing its ecological health. The project worked with a number of organisation as well as local communities, farmers and landowners.

Work on the Upper Wharfe SSSI included:

  • Willow Spilling to help control excessive erosion.
  • Tree planting to reduce erosion and sedimentation of the feeder streams and main river, as well as creating habitat, increasing interception of rainfall, and improving water shading.
  • Creating retention ponds to hold water, and create new wildlife habitat.
  • Bank revetment to reduce erosion, reconnecting the river with its floodplain and improving habitat for wildlife.
  • Removal of invasive non-native species such as Himalayan Balsam.


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Further Information

JBA SSSI Restoration Plan

Capital Works on River Wharfe SSSI Video


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