Improving habitats for birds at reserve

Restoration work is to be carried out at a popular nature reserve.

The work is due to take place at Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows nature reserve over the coming months

It is anticipated that work at the site, which is owned and managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, will lead to some temporary disruption, but it is hoped the improvements will enhance the reserve for both wildlife and visitors.

The work will include path resurfacing, improvements to areas of grassland, installation of bridges and the creation of water channels and scrapes to help connect the grassland and lakes in areas which are important for over-wintering wetland birds.

There will also be fencing installed along the cycle path in preparation for the introduction of cattle grazing on the site.

Wildlife Trust reserves officer Ian Wilson said: “The work we are doing should reduce flooding of the cycle path and improve habitats for wetland bird species at this internationally important site.”