Reedbed Planting at Bodenham Lake
Project Category: Registered charity
Funding from Tesco Bags of Help, enabled Herefordshire Wildlife Trust tvolunteers to plant over 1000 reed plants at Bodenham Lake.
Reedbed provides essential shelter for animals and without it they are vulnerable to predators and can stop them rearing young successfully. The large feathery spikes of a reedbed are a classic part of wetlands. Reedbed provides food and shelter for a wide range of species including otter, bats, moths, birds, and toads, however, reedbed is rapidly becoming one of the UK’s rarest habitats and these species are suffering.
Sophie Cowling, Living Landscapes Officer, led volunteers to plant large areas of reeds to provide a wealth of wildlife to thrive. It will shelter young fish, allow birds to build nests, provide feeding and resting places for otters. This project has been part of a larger project funded by Heritage Lottery managed by Sophie to create shallow areas of water where wetland birds can thrive. Local volunteers, with Sophie’s guidance and support have been involved in wildlife monitoring, filming and maintenance of the site.
Bodenham Lake is an important overwintering and breeding area for birds and other aquatic wildlife. More than 160 species of birds have been recorded at this important site.
Bodenham Lake is at the heart of the local community, and Herefordshire Wildlife Trust want to get local people involved, for their family to enjoy in years to come. Sophie has led talks and presentations to local community groups to help people discover more about their local wildlife and visit their local nature reserves. We hope that many will return in the future with friends and family and others will be inspired to continue as volunteers helping Wildlife Trust staff manage these important nature reserves.
Sophie is well known in the Bodenham community through her work with local volunteers running the annual Toad Patrol between February and April to try and prevent the toads from being run over as they cross the road from where they have overwintered in the woodland on the way to Bodenham Lake where they mate and spawn.
As a result of Tesco Bags of Help funding we have also installed a pond for dipping in order to bring groups of children to learn more about local wildlife in a safe environment. This encourages the younger generation to study the wildlife on the amazing site and gain a life-long interest in preserving and supporting wildlife at Bodenham Lake.