Yazor Brooks Project

Wednesday 5th December 2018

We have been fortunate to receive Defra funding for a project on the Yazor Brook, a small but significant watercourse with a catchment of 52km2 that runs through the centre of Hereford City. Hereford residents may know it by other names, as it splits and becomes the Eign Brook near its confluence with the Wye. The brook has been responsible for flooding properties in Hereford, a problem that may get worse with more frequent extreme weather and increasing development. The brook is also an important wildlife corridor and its floodplain provides essential greenspace for Hereford’s communities. However, there is potential to enhance the brook for both people and wildlife and this two-year project hopes to deliver a range of benefits.

The project is led by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust in partnership with the Wye and Usk Foundation and local communities. The funding requires projects to be driven by communities and must alleviate flood risk for identified properties, support biodiversity and provide good monitoring and evaluation. The catchment has been split into two sections. Activities in the upper catchment, upstream of Credenhill, will be delivered by the Wye & Usk Foundation. They will undertake visits to advise landowners on flood risk reduction and water quality improvement through soil testing and activities such as:

  • Fencing to remove stock from the water edge to reduce soil erosion and pollution
  • Improved stock access to designated drinking areas
  • Removal of problem debris from the water course
  • Improvements to farmyards so that ‘dirty’ water is better managed
  • Creation of natural flood areas, e.g. leaky dams in woodland.

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust will help deliver the project downstream of Credenhill including engaging with local businesses and communities as well as supporting a volunteer network for monitoring and practical tasks. The project will look for opportunities to support businesses to install green roofs, create more permeable surfacing and manage or create new greenspace. It will also engage local schools and community-based groups. Already the project has enabled a suite of community led activities to take place including litter picks, water testing, guided walks and talks and wildlife surveys. Ultimately all of this will help manage surface water run-off, localised flooding and enhance the brook for wildlife.

This project can only be delivered through support from the local community. You can help by:

  • Signing up to the HWT Hereford City Branch e-mail distribution list (contact Bev Bishop: 01432 356872)
  • Putting your name down for the volunteer conservation work party or monitoring programme (contact Andrew Nixon)
  • Writing to your local Councillor encouraging them to support the Hereford Yazor Brooks Restoration Project
  • Asking a local company to donate towards the project fund
  • Joining Herefordshire Wildlife Trust!