This project aims to increase and improve habitat for breeding and wintering waders, and for other wildlife such as dragonflies which will benefit from the existence of wetland pools in grazed grassland. The pools are excavated to exploit the water available in the wetter parts of the site, and then managed to prevent them silting up and drying out or becoming too overgrown – wading birds in particular like clear, wet, muddy edges to feed in.
We’ve controlled the rush to retain a small amount as cover, as it can be particularly useful for chicks to hide in! The site is next to an estuary so is regularly used by roosting and feeding birds, and hopefully we’ll see an increase in breeding birds like lapwing using the site thanks to the work that’s been done.
Did you know?
This small reserve is part of the Bogside Flats SSSI for saltmarsh & mudflats which covers just under 255ha (or 630 acres)!