Open water!

Rapid progress has been made towards the creation of an area of open fresh water in the south-eastern part of the reserve. The sluice was installed before excavations commenced on the ditch itself to minimise the amount of sediment travelling down the watercourse. The ditch has been widened to four metres and is c. 2m deep in the centre. This should be sufficient to prevent Phragmites from growing. All that remains is for the bank, created from the spoil to be levelled and profiled.


The original bridge crossing the narrow and shallow southern ditch.

Bridge 2

The bridge today with the new sluice installed to its right.

Ditch 1

What a result! Completely full in under a week, creating a reservoir of open, fresh water with just a bit of levelling and profiling left to do on the banks.

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