Well done for finding no.8 on the Hill End habitats trail!
The marsh is managed to maintain as many different niches for wildlife as possible. There is a long cycle of pollarding the mature willow trees which, with the annual grazing by cattle, keeps the marsh from drying up.
See the re-growth on the pollarded willow trees and walk over the marsh via the boardwalk.
You now know more about how we manage wetland on our site. If you want to find out even more, try these websites and links:
- Fresh water marsh case studies: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/earth-and-planetary-sciences/freshwater-marshes
- Wetlands and birds: https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/our-positions-and-casework/our-positions/water-and-wetlands/wildlife/water-and-birds/
- The value of wetlands and threats to them: ww2.rspb.org.uk › Images › EEROwetlands_tcm9-132693
- A 50 year vision for wetlands: www.wetlandvision.org.uk › Wetland Vision Document Website Version
- Why wetlands? https://www.wwt.org.uk/our-work/why-wetlands