The next work party is in the Reservoir Basin (at North east of site called Flood Reservoir on the map). The plan is to relocate rush brash from grassland to under the trees, cut back blackthorn at edge of eastern bank to re-establish path and set up water vole rafts in the Water Vole Scrape (to help check if they are around).
Judi and I attended a meeting with the Environment Agency on 28th March about site management and the Barrier Bank upgrade but there isn’t much detail to report as they haven’t concluded their planning phase yet. All we can say is that there will be a major impact upon the site and our work in the future. They have promised to let us know when there is anything to share but they are still in discussion with Natural England as we are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which gives the area some limited protection and the promise of mitigation for the loss of habitat, but the restoration may take years after they finally finish, and the existing site radically changed.