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Environmental investigations - biodiversity

We are carrying out a number of environmental investigations throughout the region from 2010-2015.

We have a duty to protect, conserve and enhance the wildlife on the land which we own. This includes our operational sites such as reservoirs and sewage works, but also the land which may be tenanted out to farmers or wildlife organisations.

Many of our reservoir sites have public access including sailing or fishing clubs, nature trails and education centres.

Biodiversity map 2010-2015

 

 

There are two main projects from 2010-2015:

 

We are looking to understand how birds and bats use the sites below:

Somerset: Clatworthy reservoir, Otterhead Lakes, Nutscale and Sutton Bingham reservoirs
Dorset: Hooke
BANES: Tucking Mill
The first two years of this project will involve intensive survey work to identify the species which we find at these locations, understanding the numbers of animals and the ways in which they use our landholdings.

The following years will focus on the management which is required to maintain and encourage these populations at appropriate locations. This could include scrub clearance, installing nest boxes and many other activities.

We’d also like to make sure that this information is shared with the public and that these sites are accessible so that people can understand more about the wildlife on these sites.

 

We are looking to understand how invertebrates use the following sites:

Somerset: Clatworthy, Nutscale and Sutton Bingham reservoirs
Dorset: Sutton Poyntz
BANES: Chilcombe Bottom and Tucking Mill
We are looking to understand how invertebrates use these sites. The first two years of this project will involve intensive survey work to identify the species which we find at these locations, understanding the numbers of animals and the ways in which they use our landholdings.

The following years will focus on the management which is required to maintain and encourage these populations at appropriate locations.

We’d also like to make sure that this information is shared with the public and that these sites are accessible so that people can understand more about the wildlife on these sites.

What happens then?

All the survey reports will be shared with Natural England and where appropriate made available to local wildlife and interest groups. For each site a dynamic management plan will be drawn up to inform the maintenance work required into the future which will give wildlife benefits and hopefully.

Finding out more

Check the environment section of this website for the latest or contact Ruth Barden at env.info@wessexwater.co.uk

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We are undertaking a five-year project to understand how birds and bats use our sites.
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