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The River Cover Demonstration Project
The River Cover is a feeder tributary of the Ure, situated on the East side of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Its drains the local moors before flowing through a picturesque limestone dale, surrounded by ancient woodlands and characteristic extensive dales farms before making confluence with the River Ure 22km downstream.
Throughout the last century the upper reaches of the River Cover have been heavily modified and manipulated in an attempt to increase agricultural yield. In conjunction with moorland drainage this has resulted in the river losing a lot of its natural characteristic. This has led to a river that is not reaching its ecological or hydro-morphologically potential. Moreover, due to drastic improvements in water quality in the tidal Ouse and Humber, since early 2000’s Salmon have dramatically increase in numbers within the Ouse system and therefore the River Cover has once again become an important spawning site for Salmon.
The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust believe by combining an initiative approach to flood risk management by slowing water down in upland area as well as improving river habitat for all aquatic life we can make a real difference that could be replicated in other similar areas. Together with the fantastic existing work already done in the area, including gripping and reducing stocking level, the upper Cover could be a flagship area.