The new and improved Sand Martin bank has now been installed at Kingsbury Water Park’s Community Wetland. This new asset completes the Community Wetland project, exactly one year after it started.
The Sand Martin bank’s completion couldn’t be more timely, as it is the BTO’s National Nest Box Week and will offer 51 burrowing opportunities for Sand Martins in 2017.
It is also exactly one year since the earthworks started to create the 6ha Community Wetland, which has seen a pond extended, created open water and dry reedbed, ditches, scrapes and restoring floodplain connectivity to promote the development of rare floodplain meadow. A viewing platform and outdoor education area, a dipping platform, an artificial sand martin bank, two oak benches, three interpretation boards and four willow sculptures have also been installed.
We have also:-
- Used 30Kg of floodplain meadow seed on an area approximately of 5,200m²
- 10 bird boxes (including kestrel and owl boxes) and 3 bat boxes have been installed
- 12,840 230CC root trained reeds have been planted by volunteers
- 2,680 pond margin and aquatic plugs planted by volunteers
- 194 volunteer days counted since Oct-15 to Dec-16
- which equates to 24 days of corporate, Tameforce, youth, school engagement days between Oct-15 and Dec-16
- Accumulating in a whopping 1,181 hours of volunteer time between Oct-15 and Dec-16.
A big, big THANK YOU to everyone who has helped us make this project a success.
The Community Wetland project aims to create a new and exciting area of wetland that will act as a magnet for both wildlife and people and encourage visitors to interact with their natural environment. We believe we have achieved this and are already seeing great results within the first year. Why not celebrate with us on the 7th and 8th July 2017 for the official opening of the Community Wetlands and take part in our 24-hour Wildlife Discovery Day to record as many biological records as possible and to have guided walks with experts. More details to follow on our Events page soon!
Here is a video of the work carried out during 2016.
The £110,000 Community Wetland was funded through Biffa Award, (a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK), combined with funding already secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Howard Victor Skan Charitable Trust and Environment Agency.
It was delivered by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Warwickshire County Council working together in Partnership and is one of a series of natural environment restoration projects identified by the Heritage Lottery Funded, Tame Valley Wetland Landscape Partnership Scheme, based at Hams Hall, North Warwickshire.