Although it may seem a rather small and insignificant stream, Beverley Brook is part of a much greater whole. The management of this water course is an important, complex and collaborative process.

Carex pendula at Beverley BrookThe Beverley Brook flows briefly along the edge of Barnes Common and Barnes Green, as well as along the edge of the Vine Road Recreation Ground. 

The Brook has a fascinating social and ecological history. It is in itself an ecosystem comprising various habitats, and part of a much wider catchment – what happens at the top influences what goes on at the bottom!

The Friends of Barnes Common is part of a collaborative working group adopting a catchment-based, whole-ecosystem approach. This includes the management of invasive non-natives such as Himalayan Balsam, as well as encouraging native species including fish, eels and water voles.

Monitoring/SurveysIn spring 2019 the Beverley Brook entered into the Riverfly monitoring scheme which, using kick sampling and abundance counts of certain invertebrates within the water, is able to monitor the quality of the water and provides a warning system for pollution events. Barnes Common (by the bridge to the green) is one of the monitoring spots, where each month a team of volunteers help carry out the survey. The results for all areas of the Beverley brook can be found here.

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