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Title: Redgrave and Lopham Fens alleviation scheme : project appraisal report : version 2.0
Author: National Rivers Authority Anglian Region
Document Type: Monograph
Redgrave and Lopham Fens SSSI comprises some 125 hectares of spring-fed valley fen located at the watershed of the rivers Little Ouse and Waveney in Suffolk. It is an exceptional wetland site which has long been recognised for its ecological interest and for its importance in being home to a number of rare invertebrates, including the Great Raft Spider. The site is designated as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar convention and became a National Nature Reserve early in 1993. The site is progressively drying out mainly due to the groundwater abstraction for public water supply located only 30 metres from the site boundary and partly due to land drainage works which have caused river water levels to fall. Various options to provide a solution have been investigated. The preferred option for which approval is sought is relocation of the Redgrave borehole at Wortham along with river restoration works and extensive fen management at an estimated cost of 2.6M. An EC grant from the LIFE fund has been secured worth 50% of the total project cost up to a maximum of 1.8M ECUs (approx. 1.4M). The 4 year EC grant contract commenced on 1st January 1994 and is subject to NRA and Essex an Suffolk Water matching the residual funding.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1994
Publication Place: Peterborough
Subject Keywords: Site of Special Scientific InterestWetlandsNature conservationInvertebratesWater abstractionRiver rehabilitation
Geographic Keywords: SuffolkLittle OuseCam and Ely Ouse catchmentWaveney (Suffolk, Norfolk)Broadland Rivers catchment
Extent: 26; + appendices and figures
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