Operations commenced as emergency
repair work to the Southern Lake dam which had been breached by storm water. A
sluice was installed together with an extensive Gabion basket
structure complete with "Reno" mattresses
and geotextile fabric. A similarly
constructed separate spillway was built to accommodate excess storm water to prevent any
further flood damage. This was topped off by a 7 metre Galloway bridge to
Countryside Commission specifications.
Major clearance of the massive rhododendron growth then
took place. The work gang was composed of 17 full and part time workers. In
1991excavation began on the Southern lake to remove silt which had reduced the lake to
less than one-third of its original area.
Swing shovels clear tonnes of silt
from the Southern Lake bed.
Clearance of the rhododendron began on the northern
lake in 1988. This work was divided into two sections as a track built in 1960 now ran
midway across the lake. The upper part of which has now become Kingfisher Pond. At the
time it had completely dried up. It was excavated and a gabion basket structure was built
to control the water level.
In the larger section below the track, work began to
create a graded series of shallow water habitats, comprising an open water, swamp, marsh,
dry land transition. This was accomplished by
further rhododendron clearance. In March 1989 the dam was repaired by installing a Gabion
basket structure to create a spillway. This is now the Wetland Area.
A small Marsh area was created in the cleared area
between the two original boating lakes.