During the summer of 2015, three ponds (oxbow lakes) were constructed on the line or adjacent to the old River Cocker channel (filled in when river canalisation in the nineteenth century). These features are quite rare within the Derwent catchment since the majority of the precious valley bottom land has been reclaimed for farming and old river channel filled in. The local landowners were very keen to play their part and fully supported their construction. These oxbow lakes will re-establish floodplain features, increase the bio-diversity and will provide the necessary habitat for amphibians, insects, birds and macrophytes (aquatic plants) in particular.

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