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Jul 24, 2008

Woodend Wetlands

Woodend Wetlands from WWT Martin Mere   

In 2002 WWT Martin Mere purchased the adjoining 63 hectares of Woodend Farm, land formerly used for intensive crop cultivation, with the aim of creating 13 hectares of wet grassland and 25 ha of reedbed.  

This is in fulfilment of the Lancashire BAP requirement for the creation of 20ha of this habitat. Considerable construction work was required, including the removal of 90,000 tonnes of top-soil. Long term it is hoped that the wetlands will attract breeding bittern, bearded tit and marsh harrier. However the new wetlands have already played host to internationally important numbers of wintering whooper swans, the first breeding avocets and corn bunting and the first breeding little grebes in a quarter of a century.

There have been an increase in farmland birds such as grey partridge, linnet, lapwing, and woodcock and mammals such as brown hare and water voles. Wildflowers are reappearing as have two species of dragon fly. Future management will include grazing with rare breeds, English longhorn cattle and Hebridean sheep. A countryside stewardship grant has been secured for ten years.

This is a wonderful example of partnerships, Heritage Lottery Fund, Ibstock Cory Environmental Fund, WWT Members, Powergen Environmental Fund, Defra, English Nature, Lancashire Environment Fund. 

Developed by:  WWT Martin Mere


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