Whilst we have the Bulldozer on site we have cleared the waste spoil and brash from the old peat mounds to create new habitat for Little-ringed plover. These small waders regularly visit the site and have attempted to breed in the past, however we lack the large low vegetated areas near shallow water that they favor.
By clearing the peat from the area and an area of topsoil down to the natural limestone we should have an area of sparsely vegetated dry lime with fine alkaline wildflower meadows surrounding it. One end of the limestone scrape has a small area of clay, this has been used to make a slightly lower area which is impermeable, holding rainwater and surface runoff from the rest of the area as a shallow pool.
Reserves Manager at the Kingfishers Bridge wetland creation project in Cambridgeshire.