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Although there is undoubtedly great potential inspiration to be drawn from undertaking habitat restoration projects on your river, is there good reason to believe that habitat restoration can result in direct positive benefits for wild trout populations? Although it seems intuitively likely that replacing lost structural features can restore a river's viability as a trout stream (or even make it more resilient to impacts such as climate change), what does the available science tell us about the effects of habitat restoration?
The following paper was produced by the WTT's Paul Gaskell and reviews the efficacy of restoration measures in relation to wild brown trout habitat:
‘Looking after the youngsters' - Juvenile trout habitat. (Tim Jacklin, Salmo Trutta, 2011).
'Does habitat enhancement work?' (John Spedan Lewis Foundation, Salmo Trutta, 2012).
'Protecting & restoring your river'. (Tim Jacklin, Salmo Trutta, 2012).
Effects of embankment removal . (Hannah Clilverd et al, 2012; study of a WTT project).
Assessing the hydrogeomorphological effects of large woody debris in rivers: A study of both natural and restored wood in the River Blackwater, UK. (poster). (Rebecca Ing, 2012; study of large woody debris and management reccomendations).