Wildlife & Management
Certain areas are managed in different ways depending upon the benefits to the wildlife. The most recent addition for wildlife management was the new fencing along the conservation lake, which was put up in winter 2006/7. This has created a sanctuary area for the nesting birds and for the wild flowers. This fencing has allowed a nesting pair of little ring plovers to be successful as well as the more common mallards, swans and tufted ducks. We have also had great crested grebes breeding successfully along the waters edges. The site is alive with the sound of the skylarks calling and they have moved in from surrounding fields and successfully reared chicks on the rough grassland.
We manage the water edges to keep them wet & boggy by removing the willow & preventing them from taking over causing the edges to dry up. There are three areas of wild flower meadows which are cut in rotation to maintain a variety of different stages of plant growth. The results are a large wild flower range including ox eye daisey, comfry, field scabian, common (hedge) wound-wort, marsh wound-wort, salsify (which is related to the carrot). The variety of flowers maintains a high invertebrate number which in turn improves the small mammal and bird numbers. There are a wide variety of birds on the site, including reed buntings, reed warblers, sedge warblers and many other bird species.
You may have noticed, scattered around the park, roofing felt. This was put down to give the local colonies of snakes and lizards somewhere to bask in the sunshine or take cover in the not so good weather.
Further more, hibernation mounds (hibernacula's) have been built so that the local lizard and snake population have somewhere to winter:
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