5. Stanborough Reedmarsh Habitat Restoration

Theme: Ecology and biodiversity


  • Have enough water in the right place at the right time
  • Improve bankside and in-channel habitat

Project description

This project aims to restore the reedbed and associated wetland habitats of Stanborough Reedmarsh.

The nature reserve, located in Welwyn Garden City, contains the third largest reedbed in Hertfordshire alongside a mosaic of wet woodland and river habitats.

However, due to decreases in water levels the reedbed is becoming dried out and ecological succession is leading to a reduction in its diversity.

This project will lower areas of the reedbed to make it wetter, restructure the reedbed to create open channels and pools, and remove willow scrub and trees which threaten to overshade and dry out the reedbed.

The work will ensure the reedbed reamins suitable for characteristic species such as water voles, reed warbler, reed bunting and bittern.

Grid reference: TL 230 105
Project lead: Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Project partners: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Better Leisure
Funding source: Thames Water
Project start: 2018
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