Pool dredging at former clay pits site improves habitat for wildlife

April 29 2018

RESTORATION work has been carried out to improve habitat at Littleton Brick Pits nature reserve.

The team from the Forgotten Landscape heritage project teamed up with Avon Wildlife Trust for the scheme in Littleton-on-Severn.

The site had once been used for the extraction of clay to be used in brick production and was taken over by the trust in the 1980s.

It now has a mix of wetland with one large pool colonised by reed and three smaller ponds, along with wet woodland and scrub.

Among the birds to be seen there are reed and sedge warblers, while several different species of dragonflies and damselflies can also be seen.

But during the past couple of decades, the reedbeds colonised the site to such an extent that there was little open water.

The restoration involved dredging an area of the large pool to re-establish some open water, re-profiling the ponds and pollarding a number of willows. 

It is hoped the work will ensure the viability of the site for years to come, with annual management to be carried out by trust volunteers. 

Although the site has limited access, the trust can be contacted through its website to arrange a permit to visit.

The Forgotten Landscape project aims to conserve and improve the foreshore and coastal floodplain of the River Severn.

As recently reported in Thornbury Voice, a series of interpretation posts have started to be placed at locations such as Littleton and Whale Wharf to relate stories of the area.

Some of the locations for the posts will also feature toposcopes and one has now been placed in the churchyard at St Arilda’s in Oldbury-on-Severn to give commanding views of the countryside and river.