JPR were enlisted to help out with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s Lake View Park in Coventry. As the park is in the middle of an urban area, this transformation has been a great way to encourage locals to get more in touch with nature. The aim of this project has been to increase biodiversity, especially in amphibians, dragonflies, damselflies and birds. Ponds create ecosystems that are abundant in many different species, making them a key habitat for lots of different wildlife. Even though still water features are staple features of the British countryside, they are also a source of education and recreation for many local wildlife enthusiasts, making this project beneficial to the whole of Coventry.
Our team’s objectives were to create a series of ponds to help increase the wildlife that is already living in the local area. Five ponds were installed in the park to create a run of open still water features in an already low-lying and flood-prone area – which has proven extremely beneficial in the maintenance of the ponds as rainwater and the overflow from the river will keep them topped up.
The beauty of creating ponds is that, unlike creating other habitat such as woodlands, insects and invertebrates will colonise surprisingly quickly – sometimes whilst work is underway. Within six to twelve months, a pond can look like it’s been there for generations.
The Wildlife Trust and Coventry City Council were very pleased with the work done and many different species have already set up a home here. JPR Environmental commonly work with wildlife trusts to collaborate on plans for habitat enhancement that can allow for the locals to come closer to their local wildlife.