The buffalo have been moved out of the reedbed and onto the Confused Flood for the winter now, their job is done! They've only been in compartment 3 for a few weeks but they've made quite an impact; opening up tracks into the pools and thinning out the reed. The real benefit will be seen in the spring when the new reed growth comes through, with "rivers" criss-crossing the reedbed joining all the pools and forming perfect feeding areas for Bittern. They have also had a good go at controlling the scrub willows, maintaining the willows at this size should provide valuable habbitat within the reeds without providing perching points for predators. Through the winter the shores of the pools that have been opened up will be perfect habitiat for feeding Snipe.
Reserves Manager at the Kingfishers Bridge wetland creation project in Cambridgeshire.