The warbler wood at present, we have now finished earth works on the former poplar plantation for this year. Really happy with the outcome in trying to create the most natural looking water bodies possible. Next we will begin forming a low scrub woodland to help further attract many members of the warbler family.
Also created during the earth works is a small mound which within the next year will become The Wader Watch, a screen hide over looking the wader meadow as shown in the example picture below.
We are looking forward to further works on the rest of the former poplar plantation nearest the lake, once the timber has been removed in the new year.
The new water bodies around the earth mound are just about finished. The new scrape will flood during the winter when ground water levels rise but is able to hold some permanent water at it's base right through the summer.
Hoping to attract a great range of invertebrates for the area. The top of the mound consisting of loose soil for species who like to dig their own burrows, with large boulders at the base creating cracks and crevasses for those species who like to make use of the shelter already formed at the base.
The pond is fully clay lined and can be artificially filled from the river to give us another guaranteed water body even in very dry periods such as we've had over the last 2 summers.
Reserves Manager at the Kingfishers Bridge wetland creation project in Cambridgeshire.