Work starts on wetlands

PUBLISHED: 17:08 14 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:26 24 May 2010

A SPECIAL project to restore and create a new wetlands area at a farm in Clevedon is underway. North Somerset Council is working with the Environment Agency, English Nature and other partners on the three-year project to establish the wetland for breeding

A SPECIAL project to restore and create a new wetlands area at a farm in Clevedon is underway.North Somerset Council is working with the Environment Agency, English Nature and other partners on the three-year project to establish the wetland for breeding and migrating birds.The first wetland area has already been created adjacent to the sea wall south of the Blind Yeo sluice. Extensive work has been carried out to create an area suitable for birds and wildfowl by reshaping the ground and incorporating a reservoir. The soil bunds and other areas have been seeded with meadow grasses by the farm tenant before Easter and the grass is now germinating successfully.The area is part of the Severn Estuary site of special scientific interest (SSI). The work is planned to rejuvenate this part of the SSI."This project has been planned for some time and it is exciting to see work finally happening on the ground," said Cllr Deborah Yamanaka, North Somerset Council's executive member for environment and community.Francis Farr Cox, of the Environment Agency, welcomed the initial phases of the scheme and said: "We believe this is a very worthwhile project.

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