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Desilting at Arundel

Client: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Location: Arundel, West Sussex

Service: Desilting

Project Outline:

JPR Environmental assisted the client with a major desilting project on this important wetland reserve in Arundel, West Sussex.

Creating suitable wetland habitat for wading birds

The client, The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, received Higher Level Stewardship funding to undertake the project to create suitable wetland habitat for wading birds. 

This project had a number of ecological objectives including: 

- the creation of a wet grassland to attract breeding waders

- the desilting 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 desilting 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 desilting 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.

Services at JPR Environmental


We are experienced at creating well formed ecosystems with an aim of increasing biodiversity in an area.


We use multiply different methods for bank reconstruction and protection depending on project.


One of our core services involves designing, creating and maintaining wetland pond, lakes and reservoirs.


Enhancements is understanding that a location can house an environment and implementing it.


Desilting is the process of removing  silt, sludge and other materials that have deposited in the watercourse over time


Water treatment includes using reeds as part of the process in treating waste water and improving water treatment.

Habitat Creation

Erosion Control

Wetland Creation

Habitat Restoration


Water Treatment

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