Wildlife set to thrive as River Meon gets makeover

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PLANTS, fish, birds and insects will benefit from a scheme to improve a river.

Volunteers have rallied round to give the River Meon in East Meon, near Petersfield, a much-needed makeover.

Local resident Nigel Brooks, who helped to lead the project, said: ‘It’s been a phenomenal piece of work with more than 400 stones being bonded to the concrete bed to form the low flow channel.

‘The pockets created by the stones were then filled by hand with 18 tonnes of river gravels and planted.

‘But the hard work has paid off and we now have a healthier and more attractive river, as fitting our beautiful village.

‘The achievement can be appreciated by standing on the bridge at the top of the improved stretch and contrasting it with the unimproved “canal” upstream. The contrast is huge.’

Andy Thomas, a conservation officer for the Wild Trout Trust, said: ‘Fish such as small brown trout and bull heads should thrive.

‘It will also make an ideal feeding area for grey wagtails and egrets.’