21. Glen Faba Restoration

Theme: Habitats and wildlife

Objective:

  • To maintain and enhance the river's natural habitats and wildlife

Project description

Glen Faba is a local wildlife site which has been identified as a key site for restoration work including reedbed creation, pond creation, scrub clearance and ditch management.

Glen Faba is an important site for wildfowl and is a key roosting, feeding and refuge site for wintering Gadwall, Wigeon, Pochard and Coot. As it is a relatively recent gravel pit, the shoreline vegetation has yet to become as wooded as adjacent pits and it is important to try to maintain this openness  through bankside tree removal.
The Northern banks of the lake have become colonized by Common Reed; this project hopes to increase these reedbed habitats by leveling some of the existing islands and planting with reed. This will also provide increased habitat for wetland mammals including Water Voles and Otters which are known to use the area.

The project also aims to create ponds suitable for Great Crested Newts as well habitat work to an adjacent ditch with good potential for Water Voles.

Grid reference: TL393091
Project lead: Lea Valley Regional Park Authority
Funding source: Section 106 and Lee Valley capital funds
Project start: Summer 2013
Project end: Summer 2015
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Glen Faba Restoration

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting.