What is happening?
Over the coming months, a new reedbed creation project will be taking place at Rainton Meadows. This project will aim to create circa 1ha of reedbed habitat with a number of scrapes. A scrape is a shallow wet area that attracts birds which are able to feed on invertebrates basking in the mud, surrounded by a mixture of wet grassland and wildflower habitat. This will involve digging out a large area and carefully replacing the soil creating islands which will be replanted with common reed Phragmites australis, from the nearby Pond 2 reeds.
Why a reedbed?
Reedbeds are wetlands dominated by common reed Phragmites australis. Reedbeds are a priority habitat for conservation habitat as they are amongst the most important habitats for birds in the UK. Both the reedbed and scrapes will support a wide range of wildlife including the iconic bittern, reed warbler, reed bunting, otters and a wide range of invertebrates.