Client: Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Bodenham Lake was formed by gravel extraction and as a result is steep sided and extremely deep (up to 8m). The aim of the project is to re-profile Bodenham Lake to allow plants, particularly reedbed, to establish and provide habitat for a range of wildlife.
Re-profiling and creation of reedbeds at Bodenham Lake
Bodenham Lake, formed by the extraction of gravel, is the largest water body in Herefordshire. It is crucial for breeding otter and wildfowl. However, the value of the lake as a nature reserve is limited by the habitat; aquatic vegetation grows in very small quantities as the Lake is steep sided and extremely deep.
The works are part of a project to deliver the Nutrient Management Plan within the River Lugg system and consist of the delivery of re-profiling works at Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve. The works include the planting and establishment of 3 areas of common reed (Phragmites australis) within the perimeter of Bodenham Lake.
The works involved large-scale earth moving to create the channels and small ponds on the edge of the lake in 3 separate areas. To minimise the environmental impact of the works, a silt curtain was installed around each area as excavation works were underway. It was a challenge to ensure that the curtain was in the correct place and stayed in place whilst works were underway but it has worked well.