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Source: City of Winchester

Two popular sites in Winchester will have significant biodiversity enhancements thanks to the Durngate Flood Alleviation Scheme.

Nuns Walk and Clausentum Fen will benefit thanks to a joint project which will help improve biodiversity and ensure both of these spots will continue to be healthy for years to come.

It is part of a project between Winchester City Council, Hampshire County Council and Sparsholt College, whose students will be getting involved in the scheme and gaining valuable experience of environmental enhancement work.

At Nuns Walk in Abbots Barton there will be riverbank restoration, improvement to river flows to desilt sections and in river improvements for vegetation to create better self sustaining habitats for a variety of invertebrates and spawning fish. There will also be dipping areas provided for the public to help protect banks and control erosion.

At Clausentum Fen in St Cross, which is a designated site of importance for Nature Conservation, the area will benefit from increasing light levels to the watercourses, restoration of wet soils that have become depleted, and in channel improvements to the watercourses to help improve flows, silt deposition and bank management  to provide better conditions for a wide range of flora and fauna.

The funding has come from the Durngate Flood Alleviation Scheme which is an essential flood defence scheme for the heart of Winchester jointly funded by Winchester City Council  and the Environment Agency.

Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency Cllr Lynda Murphy, said: “Both of these sites are popular with local residents and it is important they are well looked after as they’re both important sites for biodiversity and wildlife, I am pleased that the Durngate Flood Alleviation Scheme is providing further ecological benefits to the Winchester district.”

Work is expected to start in December in both areas.

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