The RSPB has just finished a major project with funding from the WREN Biodiversity Action Fund to provide an exciting new home for nature at Hollesley Marshes where a new “scrape” or wetland has been created. It has been nicknamed "Holltopia" and will provide a home for a wide variety of species including avocets, lapwing and ringed plovers, as well as common, sandwich and little terns.
The nuts and bolts of the project are impressive with over 16,000 cubic metres of spoil moved to create a wet feature approximately 20cms deep. Two thousand tonnes of shingle paid for by Touching the Tide were imported to create breeding islands for the terns and ringed plovers. Over 4km of deeper features have been created by the RSPB’s new rotary ditcher. This special bit of gear was imported from the USA and is currently available to hire for anyone wishing to create their own wetland!
It is already proving a hit with birds with a glossy ibis (above) popping in within a couple of days of the sluices being opened along with several thousand wigeon, hundreds of lapwing and other wintering waders and wildfowl.
This wetland is only one of a number of habitats that Touching the Tide will be helping to create or restore.