Prior to restoration the value to wildlife was very
poor owing mainly to the presence of rhododendron. This
highly invasive species is not native and renders areas ecologically sterile.
To reinstate a wetland environment with as much
diversification of flora and fauna species as possible.
1) Clearance of rhododendron.
2) Coppice native trees, especially willow, a host
plant to 450 species of insects and mites. (Kennedy and Southwood, 1984)
3) Repair of breached dam using Gabion
4) Construct a spillway to control water depth not
exceeding 300mm with gently shelving margins to encourage an "Open Water - Swamp -
Marsh - Dry Land" transition.