6. Enhancing Pentlows Meadow for Wildlife
Themes: Ecology and biodiversity; People
- Enhance and restore floodplain habitats
- Engage local communities and raise awareness of the rivers
Braughing Parish Council are aiming to restore a section of the River Quin and its floodplain habitats in the heart of Braughing.
The Parish Council own a section of the River Quin and a floodplain meadow which they are intending to improve for wildlife and local people.
The land was handed to the Council as part of S106 agreements for a nearby development in 2015. Since then they have been seeking advice on how best to manage the area and develop its potential as a nature-based resource for the village.
Floodplain grassland is a rare and declining habitat across the UK, in the last 50 years we have lost over 90% of our natural wetland environments; so making the most of these assetts locally is of great importance.
In 2021, Groundwork East were brought on board to further develop plans on how to improve the area in consultation with the Council and local community.
The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust were also involved in preparing an ecological assessment of the site along with providing habitat management recommendations, to enhance existing and create new areas of wildlife interest within the river corridor and meadow.
Further details and the full report can be found on the Council website here.