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Nature Reserve Work

The open pool habitats on the nature reserve that used to be visible from the hides have in recent years been colonised by dense swamp vegetation and the drier fen habitats are developing into willow scrub and woodland.

This process has been accelerated by lower than usual winter water tables and compounded by this year's extremely dry spring. This has resulted in a rapid encroachment of swamp vegetation into the shallow muddy scrapes.  This in turn, has meant a change of wildlife that use the reserve, especially with the loss of wading birds and wildfowl that are no longer able to feed in dense overgrown vegetation.

Initial work has been undertaken to cut down some of the vegetation. As the water table rises during the autumn and winter, vegetation re-growth will be suppressed by flooding which will result in an improved habitat for wildlife.

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