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Loughs Agency Highlights Habitat Enhancement Works in Drumragh River Catchment

20th March 2021
New fencing on the Aghlisk River in Co Tyrone which was threatened by bank erosion New fencing on the Aghlisk River in Co Tyrone which was threatened by bank erosion Credit: Loughs Agency

The Loughs Agency has highlighted £12,000 of habitat enhancements works on the Drumragh River catchment in Co Tyrone throughout 2020.

The Drumragh catchment comprises a series of branching river systems such as the Seskinore River, Routing Burn, Quiggery River and Owenreagh River.

Through habitat surveys and angling club engagement, the Loughs Agency assessed that the Aghlisk River, a tributary of the Owenreagh, had severe erosion issues. Entire banks had collapsed into the river, causing siltation of spawning areas.

The erosion was also being acerbated by livestock trampling the riverbank due to a lack of riparian fencing.

The agency worked in partnership with local landowners to install 310 metres of fencing to prevent livestock from accessing the river bank and to create a natural buffer. Another 150m of bank revetment work was also completed to combat erosion.

On the Quiggery River, 30 metres of collapsed bank was reinstated using root wads and fencing reinstalled following a flood which caused a large area of bank to slip into the river.

Seamus Cullinan, fishery inspector at the Loughs Agency, said: “These works will boost the rivers’ ecological status, ensuring salmon and trout requirements for the various stages in their lifecycle are met without hindering drainage.

“The riparian fencing and revetment works will improve water quality, increase bank stability, reduce erosion risk, support biodiversity and protect the watercourses’ indigenous fish populations.”

The Loughs Agency website has more on its habitat enhancements works, including a full case study for the Drumragh catchment.

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