Physical and ecological surveys at Blackton Reservoir
As well as undertaking soils and topographical surveys to inform the design of a new reedbed, a habitat assessment and bird surveys were carried out.
It was an interesting site already, with many Common Snipe, Woodcock and Meadow Pipits using the rush pasture adjacent to the reservoir; the bubbling calls of Black Grouse could also be heard as we worked. Our team were assisted in our bathymetry surveys with provision of a boat and expert boat handlers from the Durham Wildlife Trust.
We are now busy processing the data collected on site and working on the concept designs for the wetland habitat creation.