WATER voles of Bromsgrove will be given a new lease of life in Sanders Park as work commences next Tuesday (May 6) to save the future of Battlefield Brook.
Water from one of the concrete storm drains in Sanders Park will be diverted into a newly-created wetlands area, as part of the new Love Your Rivers Project – run by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and funded by the Environment Agency.
Lucy Wood, water and wetlands officer for Worcestershire Wildlife Trust said the current concrete channel and poor water quality ‘hampers’ the ability of voles to move through the landscape.
She said the creation of a wetlands area will not only filter out pollution before the water returns to Battlefield Brook – but will also help reduce flooding downstream.
Lucy said Battlefield Brook is failing international water quality legislation for invertebrates, plants and phosphate levels – which means the work to be carried out next week is crucial to its future.
She added: “As well as creating a lovely feature in Sanders Park for people to enjoy, we also hope the wetland area will provide better connectivity for Bromsgrove’s water voles.”
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