Wetland creation work in the winter time

This winter, we’ve been back to visit our wetland site at Quarles Marsh at Holkham in North Norfolk, to make further enhancements to the project which we were involved in for much of 2014.

The project that previously saw us turning more than 200 acres of arable land into a wetland site for breeding wader birds to live amongst, has been deemed by Natural England, who funded the project, to be an ‘outstanding success’. The latest works involved the implementation of further water control structures and culverts along with the creation of some new drinking bays for livestock, which will graze the area during certain times of the year.

The wetland area has quickly been inhabited by the local bird population who’ve flocked to the area to take advantage of the new scrapes and rills, which have been carefully constructed across the marsh. The site at Quarles Marsh nestles alongside an existing National Nature Reserve that has already provided a home to many of these birds over a long period of time, but the new features have provided a varied and appealing environment for the birds to feed and breed within.

The works have further endorsed the Holkham Estate as being at the forefront of wildlife conservation work and underlines the international importance of the area with regard to providing habitats for rare and endangered species.

Lapwing

Hordes of wildfowl including Pink-footed Geese, White-fronted Geese, Brent Geese & Wigeon have been observed on the site over the course of this winter.  Over 100 Lapwing have also been counted at centre of Quarles Marsh during the same period.