Grimsargh Wetlands Trust receives raft donation to support local wildlife
The Grimsargh Wetlands Trust received a donation of cable drums to be used on wetlands to create rafts to support the wildlife that resides there.
Located in the village of Grimsargh, between Preston and Longridge, Grimsargh Wetlands is one of Lancashire’s newer nature reserves.
Comprised of three former United Utilities reservoirs, the site is home to a wide range of wildlife that the Grimsargh Wetlands Trust is now tasked with protecting.
As part of their work, the Trust – which was established in 2017 to promote the conservation, protection and enhancement of the nature reserve – recently completed its Tern Raft project to support the reproductive success of the local population of terns.
The project used several cable drums donated by Story Homes and Grain Connect, which were turned into floating islands.
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Geoff Carefoot, administrator of the Grimsargh Wetlands Trust and project manager for the rafts initiative, said: “Empty wooden barrels make ideal rafts, which are a useful way to provide island habitats for terns in relatively deep water. .
“They promote the reproductive success of birds, providing areas of shelter from terrestrial predators, creating attractive nesting sites while providing wild birds with places to rest or rest.
“A similar project has been done at Preston Dock which has been incredibly successful, and we hope we will see the same benefits from these rafts. We are grateful to Story Homes and Grain Connect, who answered our call and delivered us the cable drums, which are already in use in wet areas.
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The rafts have proven to be a hit among the local bird population, with sightings of a pair of terns and black-headed gulls already using the rafts for their nests.
To stay up to date with the progress of the Tern Raft project or to learn more about the Grimsargh Wetlands, visit the Grimsargh Wetlands website.