September 26th, 2016

Water voles given new lease of life with Sanders Park wetlands work

Water voles given new lease of life with Sanders Park wetlands work Water voles given new lease of life with Sanders Park wetlands work
Updated: 12:10 am, May 12, 2016

WATER voles of Bromsgrove are to be given a new lease of life in Sanders Park as after work commenced on a project to save the future of Battlefield Brook.

Water from one of the concrete storm drains which is situated in Sanders Park is being diverted into a newly-created wetlands area, as part of the new Love Your Rivers Project being run by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and funded by the Environment Agency.

Lucy Wood, water and wetlands officer for the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, said the current concrete channel and poor water quality ‘hampered’ the ability of voles to move through the landscape.

She said the creation of a new wetlands area would not only filter out pollution before the water returned to the Battlefield Brook but would also help reduce flooding downstream.

Lucy said the Battlefield Brook was failing international water quality legislation for invertebrates, plants and phosphate levels – which meant the work that was being carried was crucial to its long-term 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.”

Visit www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/LYR for more information.

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