19. Reed Fen Habitat Creation at Batford Springs

Themes: Ecology and management; Public engagement


  • Increase the amount and quality of in-channel, bankside and floodplain habitat

Project description

Creation of priority reed-fen habitat at Batford Spring Nature Reserve

This project has provided a new habitat to Batford Springs Nature reserve by creating a reed-fen in the flood plain beside the River Lea.

Batford Springs is host to a wide range of habitats; the river and chalk streams, wet meadows, wet woodland, reed beds and unimproved grassland. The creation of a reed-fen will provide a new habitat to wading birds and wetland invertebrates which will thrive in a marshy fen area.

Project lead: Harpenden Town Council
Project partners: Harpenden Town Council, Batford Springs Volunteers
Funding source: The Harpenden Trust
Project start: 2019
Project end: November 2021
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Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting.