An extra 25,000 Chub and Dace were added to the River Great Ouse today, 12th July, along the stretch between Radclive to Thornborough Mill by the Environment Agency.
This is the second restock by the Environment Agency in the Buckingham area after a pollution incident in the summer of 2018, and is a great step forward for the recovery of the river. Other positive signs have been noted by residents and River Wardens in the last year, including video footage of otters emerging from the river.
Today’s restock took place near Hunter St Bridge and in Bourton Park within Buckingham.
To learn more about how you can be involved in caring for the river in Buckingham, read about the River Wardens scheme on our Buckingham Parks page.
After the successful reintroduction of 8,000 Chub fish to the river this week, we have received an updated community briefing from the Environment Agency on the River Great Ouse.
The updated briefings tell us more about the future plans for the recovery of the river.
Current situation and next steps: recovery and restoration
“We are working with partners; Upper Ouse Catchment Partnership, local angling clubs, Buckingham Town Council, and other landowners to help restore the river and hopefully improve on what was there before the incident, the Upper Ouse Recovery Plan will look at:
• Restocking roach, dace and chub
• Removing barriers to help fish migrate naturally which could speed up the recovery
• Increasing flow speeds to improve fish spawning and invertebrate communities
• Improving marginal features to create habitat for fish and other w
The full community briefing from the Environment Agency is available here: 8th February Community Briefing
The Environment Agency have also updated the Upper Ouse Recovery Plan
“The pollution incident affected more than 25km of the River Great Ouse between Brackley and Thornton. Thousands of fish were lost and the invertebrate community was heavily impacted too. Fish stocks have since been assessed and we now have a better idea of the impact of the incident, (unfortunately we are unable to share this information). We know that invertebrates are also beginning to recover and fish have been seen in the affected length.”
The full report from the Environment Agency is available here: Upper Ouse Recovery Plan
The following update has been provided by the Environment Agency, following the Community Briefing in November. Having the Environment Agency holding this open session in Buckingham was extremely useful, as it enabled residents to ask them questions directly and to learn more about the future of the River Great Ouse.
Click here to read the full update from the Environment Agency
The River Warden Scheme is also due to begin soon:
Click here to read the River Warden leaflet from the Environment Agency.
If you are interested in becoming a River Warden, or have any questions, please get in touch with Karen Paterson: firstname.lastname@example.org The Environment Agency plans to be in touch early in the New Year with further information on the scheme.
Come and join us at an Environment Agency (EA) meeting about the recovery of the Great River Ouse – staff from the EA will be on hand to answer questions and hear your experiences.
Email FBG.C&B@environment-agency.gov.uk to join the Environment Agency mailing list and stay updated on the current situation with Buckingham’s river Great Ouse after the 29th June 2018 pollution incident.