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Habitat Restoration and Reclamation at Park Lake

 28 June 2016, Bodmin Moor

Despite the wet and windy conditions, twenty members assembled at Jamaica Inn and convoyed to Park Lake, a former china clay quarry now owned and managed by South West Water as a strategic water resource.  Ian Davies (Code 7 Consulting) led the visit and described the heathland and other habitat restoration work carried out by SWW over the last few years.  SWW has taken an ecosystem services approach to the site and their investment in restoring local moorland and wetland habitats is seen as the most cost effective way of ensuring good water quality.

 

The former sand spoil tip, regraded and seeded with healthland litter harvested from a nearby donor site; a wide range of heathland species are now well established along with a diverse bryophyte flora.

 

 

The group admiring Marsh Clubmoss (Lycopodiella inundata) on wet heath formed on an old mica lagoon.

 

 

 

Across the lake towards the spoil tips.  The old pit is very deep with steep sides, so there is little opportunity for marginal habitat.

 

 

 

Author: Nick Coppin MCIEEM, South West England Vice Convenor

 

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