Cumbrian rivers re-routed to support wildlife

A multi-million pound project to return parts of the Cumbrian countryside to its natural state is underway. Hundreds of years ago some rivers were straightened to expand surrounding land and make farming easier. This work is now being reversed.

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Cumbria's rivers are flowing back in time

A multi-million pound project designed to return parts of Cumbria's countryside to how it used to be is underway.

Hundreds of years ago some of the county's rivers were straightened to make farming easier.

That work is now being reversed in the hope that it will make a better environment for local wildlife.

Amy Dunsmuir has more:

River project will benefit wildlife and reduce flood risk

A multi-million pound project to return parts of the Cumbrian countryside to its natural state is underway.

Hundreds of years ago some of the county's rivers were straightened to expand surrounding land and make farming easier.

Now, a project is underway to reverse that work and improve the surrounding areas for local wildlife.

The work will see some of the original river beds excavated and the river re-routed along them.

Eden Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency and Natural England have been working closely with local landowners and tenant farmers on the project.

The project is set to be finished at the end of the summer.

Maggie Robinson from Natural England explains the benefits of the project:

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