A wildlife haven
The reedbed system was created in spring 2002, but despite its relative infancy, our new wetland habitats have already proved a magnet for wildlife.
The Common Frog found our wildlife pond in spring 2002 and was closely followed by the Common Toad. By 2006 we also had Smooth Newt tadpoles growing up in the wildlife pond and hibernating at Nut Wood. By 2015 the pond was home to frogs, toads, newts, Rudd and Perch, along with freshwater shrimp and a plethora of other insect larvae.
We have nesting pairs of Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler, Wren, Moorhen, Mallard and Coot. Grey Heron and Lapwing are welcome visitors too.
The diversity of aquatic invertebrates expanded rapidly, with winged wonders including Great Diving Beetle arriving during the system's first summer, and now we have a whole host of mayflies, caddisflies, and those delicate devils, the damselflies and dragonflies.