Programme A: Built & Natural Heritage

Project updates

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Project A3: Wilding the Tame +

What have we done?

  • Restored and re-naturalised a 520m length of the River Tame at Kingsbury.
  • Shallowed the edge of a lake (Hemlingford Water) to create a new reedbed.
  • Created better access to both banks of the river for both people and wildlife.

Why have we done it?

  • To encourage natural river processes and improve river habitat, working towards Water Framework Directive (WFD) targets.
  • To reconnect the river to its floodplain, slowing flow and reducing flood risk downstream.
  • To remove old dredging mounds, allowing people to see the river and access the banks more safely.
  • To create a new reedbed, which will protect the lake banks from erosion, provide important wildlife habitat and benefit water quality.
  • To improve access for all, including the creation a new circular walk along the banks of the River Tame.

This project has been made possible thanks to funding and support from the Environment Agency, Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Project A5: Taming the Tame +

Taming the Tame is the latest project to keep your eye on!

The official starting date is Monday 3rd October – click here for the projects daily diary. 

Project Aim

The project aims to complete river restoration aspirations at Tameside Local Nature Reserve in Tamworth. This follows the original project started in 2009 by the EA, Tamworth BC and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust which pulled back bank, created 10 scrapes and small ponds as well as creating a fish refuge linkage into smiley face pool.  The second phase of delivery which was not carried out was to create a linked backwater channel on the right bank of the reserve.  This channel will create additional and  important  habitat for fish and fry while also being profiled in such a way to be attractive to any remnant water vole population that exists or which may be re- introduced in the future.  The island created from the work will be an important refuge for ground nesting birds and my even offer shelter for otters that frequently use the river.

Project Connectivity

The project links to a previous EA/Tamworth BC project carried out in 2009 which included re-profiling of the river banks, scrape and pond creation and creating a linked channel from the Tame to Smiley faced pool.  In 2013 a fish pass was installed on Ladybridge weir just a short distance downstream which will allow fish to migrate up the Tame.  The importance of fish refuge and spawning grounds is increasingly important to ensure the sustainability of fish populations in the River and to contribute to improvements in WFD status.

Project A6: Kingsbury Water Park Community Wetlands +

We have completed our Community Wetlands project!  Watch this short film of the work carried out on site during 2016.

 

Previous press release (January 2016):

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust has been awarded a £50,000 grant from Biffa Award to create a new community wetland at Kingsbury Water Park in North Warwickshire, as part of the Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme.

The grant from 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 and The Howard Victor Skan Charitable Trust, aims to create an exciting outdoor space benefiting both people and wildlife.

The wetland project will see the creation of reedbed, ponds and a sand martin bank, as well as the restoration of rare floodplain meadow, making a fantastic new home for wildlife on former waterlogged football pitches. It is hoped that priority conservation species will inhabit the site, from amphibians and birds, such as Snipe and Sand Martins, to mammals such as Otters and bats.

A new raised viewing platform with outdoor seating area will also be constructed, providing a vantage point for visitors to watch wildlife and acting as an outdoor classroom for local schools. The addition of a pond dipping platform will provide hours of fun for enquiring minds, investigating invertebrate life around the pond margins.

Tracey Doherty, Wetland Landscape Officer for the Scheme, said:

We are delighted to be awarded this substantial funding from Biffa Award, the Heritage Lottery Fund and The Howard Victor Skan Charitable Trust. It is a great example of how funders and organisations can deliver more by working together in partnership.

Paula Cheesman, Country Parks Manager for Warwickshire County Council said:

The new community wetland will add an exciting new asset to the Country Park for visitors and the local community to enjoy.

The Tame Valley Wetlands is a landscape partnership scheme, led by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. Their vision is to create a wetland landscape, rich in wildlife and accessible to all. Work includes conservation projects to restore heritage and enhance the area for wildlife, access improvements, training and volunteering opportunities, as well as a programme of exciting events and activities aimed at all ages and interests.

Work on Kingsbury’s Community Wetlands will begin in February 2016.