RSPB Baron’s Haugh – Cemetery Marsh Habitat Creation Works

November 20, 2017

Works at the RSPB Baron’s Haugh Nature Reserve in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire are almost complete with the Cemetery Marsh habitat creation project.  Ecus has been working closely with the RSPB to design an area of new wetland habitat with an area of the reserve known as Cemetery Marsh.  The area has not been positively managed for many years and had resulted in a rather uninspiring area of land with little benefit to the key species associated with the site.

In 2016 Ecus undertook a detailed topographical and ecological survey of the site to determine current land and water levels and to gain an understanding of the basic hydrology of the area, and to identify potential constraints. Using this information a basic design for the site was created to provide areas of permanent standing water and more seasonally wet margins and scrapes that would provide a range of habitats that could be used primarily by a suite of bird species.  New access points were also included to allow cattle entry to graze the area at certain times of the year.

Works got underway in September 2017 with Drumclog Plant Hire Ltd undertaking the civil engineering element, in collaboration with the design and input from Ecus consultants and the RSPB.  The basic design is now complete and will form an important stepping stone that the RSPB will monitor and manage over the coming seasons, linking other areas of wetland habitats in the area. See attached document below for further insight into the design specifics of this great project.

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