The Lugg Wetland Gem reedbed creation project at Bodenham Lake has won a Canal and River Trust Living Waterways Award in the category of ‘Natural Environment’.

Reedbed is one of the most important habitats in the UK for birds to roost, nest and feed in, so we are creating 1.5 hectares of it at Bodenham Lake. Throughout September and October, diggers have been working to create new islands of reedbed on the eastern shore of the lake. Contractors JPR Environmental have started work in front of the southern bird hide to make muddy areas in which wading birds such as snipe and oystercatcher can feed on insects in the mud, a bank suitable for sand martin and kingfishers to nest and finally three new gravel coated islands for ground nesting birds like little ringed plover.

Unfortunately, we have not been able to complete the work this year, because of flooding and elevated water levels. The remainder will be completed in September 2020, after the bird breeding season.

This work has been funded mainly through the European Regional Development Fund, but with thanks to everyone who has also donated to the Bodenham Lake fundraising appeal.

We want to hear your thoughts about Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve and its restoration through the Lugg Wetland Gem project. It would be much appreciated if you could fill out this short survey: