Nature reserve effort is reaping rewards

Martin Howard, Carol and Graham Rudkin, Rita Rudkin, Carol Johnson and John Freeman at the Fishpond Lane nature reserve.
Martin Howard, Carol and Graham Rudkin, Rita Rudkin, Carol Johnson and John Freeman at the Fishpond Lane nature reserve.

WORK to revitalise a nature reserve is taking shape.

It is hoped the reserve in Fishpond Lane, Holbeach, will become a focal point for the town after a team of volunteers put in hours of hard work to tame the overgrown land.

The project has had the support of South Holland District Council and Holbeach town councillor Martin Howard, who contributed £1,000 from his Designated Members’ Budget to help pay for the project.

He said: “Our aim is to make this a real centrepiece for the people of Holbeach.

“It was once overgrown with brambles but a lot of work has been done to clear it to make it appealing for visitors and wildlife.”

Coun Howard, working with Graham and Carole Rudkin, has helped install nesting boxes, bird feeding stations, duck houses, a dovecote, owl box and a seat.

The entrance will also be transformed into a sea of colour for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic celebrations with new flower boxes planted with red, orange and yellow blooms.

Already the site has become the home to call ducks, mallards, wrens, robins, wagtails, jackdaws and possibly woodpeckers, while pondlife includes a pair of terrapins, carp and goldfish.

There are plans to fish the pond to find out what other species might be present.