Calke Abbey is a National Trust property in Derbyshire which had a pond which had become very overgrown. Surveyed by the ecologists at EMEC Ecology, great crested newts were recorded in low numbers. The remit was during November to reinstate the pond to a healthier condition by removing the bulk of the reedmace and common reed to create a large area of open water to benefit great crested newts, and to deepen the pond to prevent the vegetation quickly re-establishing.
The pond before the work, heavily choked with vegetation.
The pond a year after the work, showing open water areas.
Fairham Brook is a 16 mile long tributary of Nottinghamshire's River Trent mainly flowing through flat agricultural farmland. Over the centuries it has been dredged and straightened to look more like a man-made ditch than a natural brook. Funded by the Environment Agency, EMEC Land Management were tasked with installing pre-planted coir rolls for profiling the banks to a more natural state and to bring in a more diverse range of native plant species.
The Team installing pre-planted coir rolls along bank edge.
Pre-planted coir rolls in place along Fairham Brook.