NATURAL ENGLAND HABITAT CREATION PROJECT – March 2014
Main and Village Lakes
Please note, that during the habitat improvements, the Dryham Lane car park will remain open
In December 2013 Natural England approached YWT with the offer of a grant for habitat improvement at North Cave Wetlands, provided the work could be done and the money spent by 31st March 2014.
After considerable discussion between YWT, the Local Management Group, Humberside Aggregates and our consultant Phil Fermor of Middlemarch Environmental, we have agreed the following plans:
Split the low lying land along the eastern edge into 6 islands, with a 6m wide x 1m deep anti-predator channel. Island no. 7 will be formed from spoil, and the new island no. 8 will be created with a clay base and gravel top. Islands 1 to 7 will be partly gravelled, partly grassed. The plan attached is an outline only; exact shapes, as in all restoration work on the Reserve, will be formed to suit the land and available materials.
The southern island is the highest and the least interesting for breeding birds. This island will be levelled down to current water levels and the spoil pushed where practicable into the lake to the east to form a new shallow edge. The resultant gravelly sand/soil surface will be left unrestored.
Target Breeding Birds
Avocet, Ringed/Little Ringed Plover, Common Tern, Oystercacher, Lapwing and ducks.
Main works are planned to commence Monday 2nd March, and to be completed by Friday 21st March, although work may start earlier on Village Lake.
There will inevitably be much disruption to wildlife whilst these improvements are made. Whilst dumper trucks are accessing the site via Middle Gate Dryham Lane will be closed to vehicles other than for disabled access. Visitors are requested to walk on the grass verges to avoid contractor’s plant.