Wetland restoration in Purbeck
Eight years ago Dorset Wildlife Trust began major wetland habitat improvements of the Prison Fields area of Tadnoll & Winfrith nature reserve by re-profiling several kilometres of ditches and creating 3 new ponds.
Prison Fields © Andy Fale
Prison Fields is important for a wide range of wildlife, particularly dragonflies and other invertebrates.
The restoration formed soft, muddy areas and gentle slopes for wildlife and encouraged wading birds such as snipe, lapwing and redshank to over-winter.
Since then, 6 additional ponds have been constructed and the existing ones further enhanced. Local community groups and organisations have been involved in the conservation work throughout.
The ponds have quickly attracted a number of wetland birds, including green sandpiper and rare grey phalarope, and water voles have also been sighted.
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