New habi­tats cre­ated for wildlife

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

VOL­UN­TEERS are hop­ing to cre­ate an invit­ing habi­tat for Bri­tain’s fastest de­clin­ing wild mam­mal by clear­ing ditches in Ten Acre Wood.

The site is man­aged by London Wildlife Trust (LWT) and is rich in wildlife in­clud­ing drag­on­flies, great spot­ted wood­pecker, king­fisher and deer.

But the con­ser­va­tion vol­un­teers are hop­ing work to clear over­grown ditches will en­cour­age more an­i­mals to make a home in the re­serve, in­clud­ing the wa­ter vole, Bri­tain’s fastest de­clin­ing wild mam­mal.

Tom Hay­ward, re­serves man­ager with LWT, said: “With luck we will even see the re­turn of wa­ter voles, which have suf­fered a huge pop­u­la­tion drop due to the de­struc­tion of suit­able habi­tat and pre­di­da­tion by Amer­i­can mink.”

Ten Acre Wood, a na­ture re­serve bor­der­ing Yead­ing Brook in Hayes, is open to the pub­lic all year round. The work by vol­un­teers is sup­ported with the aid of a grant of

TJG1ST £25,000 from The Ve­o­lia En­vi­ron­men­tal Trust, awarded through the Land­fill Com­mu­ni­ties Fund – where waste com­pa­nies re­tain a small part of their Land­fill Tax bill and use it to support com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­men­tal projects.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the project visit www.wild­lon­don.org.uk/ re­serves/ten-acre-wood.

Con­trib­uted

n CON­SER­VA­TION: Some wildlife species are thriv­ing in the Chilterns, de­spite the na­tional de­clines in wildlife. The wa­ter vole is one of them

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