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FOLL and Thames Water habitat improvement project

FOLL & Thames Water are very excited to report an exciting project to improve and expand important habitat at Lavell’s Lake. The project already started 17th October and involves excavating a huge new section 120 long by 25 metres deep of Phragmites reed bed, re-dig of the Tern scrape, new irrigation ditches, a brand new reinforced bund, culvert and solar powered pump to keep things perfect in sustained hot weather and a wonderful wet grass meadow.

A broad variety of wildlife will benefit from these improvements, in the winter Bittern, Reed Bunting, Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Little Egret, Grebes and dabbling ducks and in the summer many more Reed, Sedge & Cetti’s Warblers, Whitethroats in the newly established scrub too, and the wet grass meadow should prove highly appealing to Egrets and waders like Redshank, Oystercatcher and Lapwing.

It’s not just about the birds, a huge variety of insects, dragonflies and damsels, amphibians, fish, grass snakes, will all benefit.