River project hoped to boost wildlife in Barnsley

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A South Yorkshire river will be given a new lease of life thanks to a clever engineering scheme to reinvigorate wildlife in the area.

The project, led by Yorkshire Water, will re-shape a stagnant, straight section of the River Dearne into a faster-moving S-shaped channel.

It is hoped the change will clear sediment deposits damaging to wildlife from the river, which passes through Rabbit Ings Nature Reserve in Barnsley.

Signs of the project’s success are set to include increase in plant life and invertebrates and a return of freshwater species like shrimps, mayflies and brown trout.

Members of the group project met on Thursday to officially get work under way and their results will be reported in 2017.