Reed relocation & Planting – Read more here

Water is one of the most important aspects to consider when managing a wilderness area. Not only must you make sure there’s enough of it but also that it is in the correct areas and providing the necessary habitats for the animals using it. Many species living on or around the water are reliant on plant cover for both shelter and breeding purposes. Many birds build their nests on or amongst plants and the reed species are particularly good for this.

Project aims:

To attract new bird life to our pans and dams by providing reed and plant cover in which they can live and nest.

What’s being done?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Reeds (which have either been purchased or relocated) are being planted in numerous dams and pans.

The role of volunteers:

  • Reed relocation – Volunteers carry out sessions to remove reeds from water sources which already have a healthy supply. The plants may be dug up or pulled out and it can be a messy, muddy affair!

 

  • Reed planting – Volunteers then plant these reeds in their new habitat by wading into the dam and burying the roots under the soil. So far, the effects have been outstanding with newly planted reeds taking well and even proliferating. Numerous bird species have been seen making use of the reeds and in one instance a rare species, the Lesser moorhen, has been attracted by the new vegetation.

 

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