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8 February 2011

The sign says:


Alder has been coppiced to gain greater sunlight into the ditches and promote emergent vegetation.

The main lake has carp which bottom feed and predate invertebrates.

These ditches are alternative habitats for dragonflies and newts.


The view of Woorgreen Lake from the ditch we were coppicing

Woorgreen Lake Nature Reserve

Grid Ref SO630127


We were so lucky to have such a glorious day which really boosted the spirits!

We were coppicing ditch side alder as has been done in the past. This ditch holds good levels of water through most of the year. The ditches are proving important secondary habitats to the lake due to the carp problem of bottom feeding reducing invertebrates and vegetation.

Coppicing allows for the development of emergent vegetation which in turn provides egg laying potential for Great Crested Newts . We have Great Crested Newts at one satellite pond at Woorgreens currently and we need to ensure suitable conditions for them to colonise the other ponds.

Great Crested Newt




The sides of the ditch are now more open.


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