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De-silting on a wetland reserve

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust undertook a Higher Level Stewardship project on their reserve in Arundel, West Sussex. This project had a number of ecological objectives including:

  • the creation of a wet grassland to attract breeding waders
  • the de-silting of the large lagoon on the site
  • the construction of a number of pools within the existing reedbed - designed to provide fishing opportunities for bitterns and for invertebrate habitat

Large scale de-silting requires careful planning and evaluation to reduce the ecological impact of the works.  At Arundel, we had to take into account dormice and water voles - both are protected species and both have a healthy, expanding population on the site.

We undertook the de-silting on the main lake of the reserve and re-landscaped the area to form a wet grassland complex with water control structures.  The area was seeded with a suitable wet grassland mix.

With careful water-level and vegetation management, the area now has a number of pairs of breeding waders every year.

For more information and advice on de-silting or habitat creation, please call us on 01453 822584 or email us.

  De-silting a large lake at Arundel in West Sussex


De-silting a large lake at the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust's reserve at Arundel, West Sussex.


  Breeding wader habitat creation Arundel, West Sussex


The de-silted and relandscaped lakes on the Arundel reserve two years after construction.

For more information and advice on de-silting or habitat creation, please call us on 01453 822584 or email us.

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