Pond Stabilisation FAQs
The lake enhancements will help prevent another algae bloom by improving water quality. The reed beds will take up nutrients from surface run-off/pollution and dredging will help reduce the amount of nutrients available from the sediment, therefore reducing nuisance algae blooms.
Primarily to break up wave action created by prevailing wind from South West of the island, which will help protect the bank from further erosion. The islands will also provide nesting habitat for birds.
The law states that the nesting bird season runs between March and August. We will have completed all the tree work before birds begin to nest and we will have the islands and a lot of the cells constructed by then. Any additional work left will be be bank work, the boardwalk/ fishing swim installation and will not disrupt nesting birds. The additional islands and planting will provide more habitat for nesting birds once established. Five Rivers are a specialist environmental contractor and the protection of wildlife is their priority, along with health and safety. Any existing features that are remotely suitable for nesting (e.g. reed-beds) will be checked prior to starting work and if birds are nesting we will avoid them completely as is our obligation by law.
Seasonal water level fluctuations are natural and we are unable to prevent this unfortunately. However, the work we are undertaking will help improve water quality, create deeper pools for fish, and the native plants we will be planting will help prevent marginal areas from completely drying out in the Summer.
Trees and reed-beds will be checked daily for nesting birds and other wildlife prior to starting work. The immediate works area will be bunded to prevent debris entering the lake and wildfowl entering the site. A silt trap will be erected around the outflow, and water chemistry will be monitored daily to ensure water quality remains within optimal limits.
Yes! The old boardwalk will be removed and a new one will be installed away from the road. This will be compliant with the Equality Act 2010, which means that it is accessible by wheelchairs. The boardwalk will be surrounded by reed-beds and have a viewing platform, handrails and a non-slip surface.
Due to the public nature of the lake, health and safety is a priority and the trees must be managed to ensure they remain safe, but also provide a habitat diversity for wildlife. The tree works are under a 5 year management plan that has been produced in consultation with a qualified arborist. Willows need to be coppiced along the bank, as they can become unstable as they get bigger, and they reduce the amount of light entering the pond margins. Some of the holly has been unheaved and required removing, and other areas were covered with dense thickets of rhododendron, which is a non-native invasive species. One of the added benefits of coppicing within a woodland is that it promotes biodiversity. The extra light reaching the forest floor encourages wildflowers and other plants. As a consequence coppiced woodland attracts butterflies and other pollinators. There will always be areas of coppice at different stages to provide habitat for a range of wildlife. We will be planting reed-beds and creating two new islands, which will be planted with trees and plants providing habitat for wildlife.