Our natural landscapes are fragmented a dissected by roads, villages and towns. Rivers can provide a continuous corridor through these fragmented landscapes and offer us an opportunity to provide wildlife rich habitats connected over large areas. Healthy rivers support a wide range of different species of flora and fauna, not least for their invertebrate life, which support a wide range of other species such as birds, small mammals and fish.
Trees on the River Uck wants to show that managing flood risk does not have to destroy wildlife and the environment, and all the benefits these bring.
TrUck hopes to improve river and wetland habitats for a while range of species including:
We would like to hear of any interesting or unusual wildlife sightings within the catchment. Information will be passed to the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, who collate, store and disseminate information relating to species across Sussex.
The River Uck catchment is also home to a number of unfavourable non-native alien plant species. Without their natural competitors some plant species can over shadow our native plants and become dominant. Whilst some of these species may provide abundant nectar sources for bees, they fail to support the same range of invertebrates as our native plants.
There are also a number of species of alien fauna causing problems in our watercourses and affecting our native wildlife
We would like to know where alien species are located throughout the catchment in order to map their movement and impact. If you spot any we would very much like to know where.