Whitacre Heath

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust worked on two exciting projects at Whitacre Heath SSSI nature reserve aimed at improving the site for wildlife and people.

The Trust received £60,000 from DEFRA (through the Water Framework Directive) to improve wetland habitat at Whitacre Heath by:

  • Creating a scrape for wading birds such as snipe, lapwing and redshank.
  • Enhancing areas of open water and reedbed for water birds such teal, little grebe and bittern.
  • Re-profiling a 200m section of the River Tame to re-naturalise the riverbank and improve in-stream habitat for fish and invertebrates.

We also received £11,000 from LEADER to improve interpretation and access for visitors by:

  • Installing a 30m length of raised boardwalk over a very boggy footpath within the wet woodland.
  • Creating an interactive way-marked trail around the reserve.
  • Installing new signage to improve interpretation for visitors.

As well as these exciting projects, Nature Force (our weekday volunteer group) and our local volunteers were kept busy clearing paths and controlling the non-native invasive plant, Himalayan balsam, over the summer.

During the winter, we coninued to keep the scrub in check to maintain wetland habitats and woodland glades. This enhanced the site for wetland birds and interesting plants such as southern marsh orchid and blue fleabane.
 

 

LEADERdefraThe European Agricultural FundWest Midlands Rural Development Programme