LWT has been awarded a grant of £42,000 by Network Rail to develop the wetland habitat around Lea Farm Lake. This will allow us to create an extensive reed-bed and a large area of marsh and shallows along the east shore of the lake. Around most of the lake the bank shelves steeply into deep water, so there is little marginal vegetation and shallow water for wading birds. The grant will enable us to landscape the shore around the northern half of the lake, lowering the level to create reed-beds and extending the east shore to form shallows and islets. Subject to planning permission, the landscaping work will start after the 2020 breeding season and take about a month. Then all hands to reed planting!