The Grantchester Meadows Riverbank Pilot will address some of the severe erosion to the banks of the River Cam at Grantchester Meadows. Use of the banks by cattle, people and dogs has led to bank erosion, removal of marginal vegetation and silt inputs to the river, which can impact on water quality. Areas of cattle trampling adjacent to footpath gates has also created safety issues, particularly noticeable in winter.
The project will create two new “cattle drinks” – gently sloping access points to the river with a hard stone base – so that cattle can get to the river safely while reducing erosion and siltation. Soil from the work will be used to repair banks next to the footpath, which will then be protected with a short stretch of fence. Marginal vegetation is expected to thrive in these areas, providing refuge for water vole, waterfowl and invertebrates. The aim is to trial ways to rebuild and protect the banks using natural materials, and to learn lessons which can be applied to other areas of Grantchester Meadows.
Please consider making a donation to support this vital work to protect the riverbanks and keep Grantchester Meadows special. This work is being conducted in collaboration with Cam Valley Forum and FWAG East on behalf of the landowner.
Grantchester Meadows Project
Stones purchased for cattle drinks: There is now 64T of gravel sitting on Grantchester Meadows next to the work areas. We bought the gravel while it was still safe to transport it across the meadows without damaging the grassland, so it’s arrived a bit early. We are hoping to be able to start work in November or December this year.