River Ray – Wiltshire

White Horse Contractors were instructed to make modifications to the River Ray stream/drainage ditch running through Swindon to help control the flow of water and help improve the state of naturally occurring wildlife areas.

This project comprised:

  • Removal of retaining walls in some areas to improve river movement
  • Installation of minor meanders to enable:
    • Flow change
    • Erosion/deposition zones
    • Direction changes
  • Installation of riffles within stream base to:
    • Hold back water to high side to help provide slack areas for fish spawning
    • Increase speed and water movement over and below the riffles
  • Installation of hazel spilling and faggots to provide habitat improvements and protect the new channel from excessive erosion
  • Lower existing flood plain area to provide:
    • Flood plain ponds
    • Wetland areas away from the main stream
    • Increase floral habitat areas
    • Increase bird breeding areas

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“White Horse Contractors has successfully undertaken the construction of flood defence structures on behalf of the Environment Agency, Thames Region, at sites in Cirencester and Lambourn. We have worked closely with their contracts team to overcome design and practical issues to produce excellent finished products.”

The Environment Agency.

“White Horse Contractors were efficient and extremely flexible whilst working on a complex desilting project in Oxfordshire. White Horse delivered the project exactly to the timetable predicted and within budget. I would have no hesitation in working with them again.”

James Bouskell, Pond Consultant and Host of Ponds at West Park.

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