Scrapes

Providing feeding, roosting and breeding habitat for waders and wildfowl

These were created in 1975/76 to provide feeding, roosting and breeding habitat for waders and wildfowl. Water levels are controlled to provide optimum conditions at particular times of the year. Levels are normally dropped at the end of the summer nesting season to provide shallow water with exposed mud, which is attractive to migrating wading birds. Some islands are covered in shingle for nesting birds. They need to be 'weeded' regularly whilst vegetation is allowed to grow on others. Nesting platforms have also been provided for birds and perches in the water.

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