Love your River - the Herefordshire Yazor Brooks Restoration Project

Love your River - the Herefordshire Yazor Brooks Restoration Project

The Yazor Brook runs from a rural catchment into the city of Hereford.  As it winds its way through the city the same brook becomes the Widemarsh brook just above Plough Lane and the Eign Brook just below Commercial Road.  This pretty stream provides an important refuge for wildlife in the heart of the City and creates valuable natural spaces for us all to enjoy.

Local people are now working with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, Bugs and Beasties and the Wye and Usk Foundation to help protect and improve the environment of the Yazor Brook making it a watercourse that flows naturally, causes fewer problems when it floods, and supports more wildlife...its too valuable to ignore

What will the Project achieve?

The Yazor can be a safe wildlife corridor through the City.  A place for us all to enjoy as we cycle, walk or explore along its banks.  Local people would like it to be free of litter and pollution and experience nature first hand, learn about its history and have the opportunity to help look after it.

Local communities are already active, helping to conserve the Yazor through litter picking, wildlife surveys, managing habitats and hosting events.  Businesses are looking at ways that they can help too by creating more wildlife friendly spaces such as green roofs or what they do with waste water along the Yazor.  We are working with Herefordshire Council and the Environment Agency to address any problems associated with over abstraction and development .

Upstream of Hereford farmers are looking at ways to change the way they manage the land to hold back water in the soils and streams and create new habitats such as ponds and wetlands.  ‘Leaky dams’ made of logs help to slow water flow on tributaries, reducing pollution and flooding downstream.  

Discover more of the wildlife along the Yazor Brooks on the project's You Tube channel!

How to get involved

This project depends on support from local people, businesses and organisations. 

We would welcome any input from you and ways in which you could get involved include;

  • Help with work parties, litter picks, habitat management tasks, wildlife surveys, events and wardening stretches of the Yazor
  • You might like to learn about the changes that you could make in your gardens to help the brooks water levels
  • Did you know...  Detergents and other chemicals are harmful to wildlife.  Whatever goes into a road drain usually goes straight into the local brook and into the Wye
  • If you are a business owner you could help by creating a green roof or more permeable surfaces or looking at how you manage your waste water.
  • If you are a farmer there are many simple things you could do to help manage water on your land that will fit with your farming business

Contact

If you are a landowner or farmer in the catchment please contact:

Lucinda Lewis, Farm Advisor at the Wye and Usk Foundation:  Tel:  01874 711714  Email: Lucinda@wyeuskfoundation.org

If you want to volunteer or you are a business owner wanting advice and support relating to the project then contact:

Richard Fishbourne, Yazor Brooks Project Officer, Bugs and Beasties:  Tel: 01432 860323  Email: richard@bugsandbeasties.co.uk

For more information about the project please contact:

Andrew Nixon, Conservation Senior Manager, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust:  01432 356872 Email: a.nixon@herefordshirewt.co.uk

Useful Links

Invertebrate monitoring data:

Find data from previous monitoring surveys on the City Brooks (choose Yazor, Widemarsh or Eign from the second drop down menu on this link and also set your date range).

http://www.riverflies.org/open-data

Live flow level data for the Yazor Brook at Three Elms:

Find data on the present level and fluctuations over the preceding 5 days.

https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/station/4033

History of flows on the Yazor Brook at Three Elms:

Records going back over 40 years since the gauging station was established; there’s also a link to download rainfall data up to 2015:

https://nrfa.ceh.ac.uk/data/station/meanflow/55031

History of weather recordings for Hereford:

Provides present and historical data, including temperature and precipitation from the weather station at Credenhill in the Brooks’ catchment area. On the link type Hereford into the City box and choose History from the top right options box:

https://www.weatheronline.co.uk/weather/maps/city

This project is a partnership project with the Wye & Usk Foundation and Bugs & Beasties, supported by the Environment Agency.

Illustration of cyclist & badger shaking hands

Illustration by Mark Stewart