The Salt Hill Stream, which runs through the heart of Slough, was in terrible health. Fish were dying. It was clogged up with old car tyres, carrier bags and household waste. Water quality had deteriorated and its future looked bleak.
WWT is working with the local community, breathing new life into the neglected stream. Although its improvement is gradual, it shows that urban wetlands, if cared for, can become spectacular wetland sanctuaries for people and wildlife. And if used in the right way, they can also help us tackle pollution, protect us from flooding and improve water quality.
Improved water quality - Since the project was launched, we’ve organised multiple successful clean-ups. Everyone in the community from local schoolchildren, business leaders, families and pensioners have been involved, all rolling up their sleeves to retrieve tons of unsightly rubbish from the area.
New homes for nature - Over a thousand fish have been released into the water and now four species – dace, perch, chub and roach are thriving in their new home. Kingfishers, egret and damselflies have all been spotted on the stream’s banks. And in neighbouring Temple Wood, we’ve helped create additional wildlife sanctuaries. New ponds for dragonflies not only support nature, but also offer somewhere beautiful for local people to visit.
Involving the community - We’ve carried out biodiversity surveys with the local community to monitor the health of the river, organised ‘outfall safaris’ with volunteers to identify and map sources of pollution flowing into the stream and worked with local primary school St Marys to add little yellow fishes onto drains, to help raise awareness of the impact people are having on the stream.
And we’ve only just got started...
To foster a greater connection between the local community, their urban wetlands and the nature that calls them home, we’ve also got plans to create major new wetlands in Salt Hill Park, a riverside walkway, picnic meadows and restored walking trail and bridge.
Over the next few months there will be lots of exciting opportunities to support us in shaping and delivering this project. You can get involved and volunteer on a range of practical activities, become a citizen scientist and a Salt Hill champion. Call our Project Officer, Claire, Hutchinson on 07768 960173 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how you can help.
The success of Transforming Slough relies on the help, expertise and cooperation of our project partners...
The success of Transforming Slough also relies on generous support from our project supporters: Heathrow Community Fund, Moto in the Community (MITC), The Tanner Trust, and the Louis Baylis Charitable Trust.