21. Glen Faba Restoration
Theme: Habitats and wildlife
- To maintain and enhance the river's natural habitats and wildlife
Glen Faba is a local wildlife site which has been identified as a key site for restoration work including reedbed creation, pond creation, scrub clearance and ditch management.
Glen Faba is an important site for wildfowl and is a key roosting, feeding and refuge site for wintering Gadwall, Wigeon, Pochard and Coot. As it is a relatively recent gravel pit, the shoreline vegetation has yet to become as wooded as adjacent pits and it is important to try to maintain this openness through bankside tree removal.
The Northern banks of the lake have become colonized by Common Reed; this project hopes to increase these reedbed habitats by leveling some of the existing islands and planting with reed. This will also provide increased habitat for wetland mammals including Water Voles and Otters which are known to use the area.
The project also aims to create ponds suitable for Great Crested Newts as well habitat work to an adjacent ditch with good potential for Water Voles.