Waddesdon Wetland Creation

Over 2ha of wetland creation to benefit freshwater plants and animals on the floodplain of the River Thame.

View across the River Thame valley to site.

We are working with Freshwater Habitats Trust, the Waddesdon Estate and Aylesbury Vale District Council to create over 2ha of wetland on the floodplain of the River Thame.

The extent and location of the meadow provides an excellent opportunity to create a complex of wetland habitats to benefit freshwater and other wildlife in the area, and to contribute to ecosystem services (e.g. flood prevention and nutrient cycling) and ecosystem resilience. The new wetland mosaic, the first of its kind in the R. Thame catchment, will also improve landscape-scale connectivity, adding a ‘stepping stone’ between the nature reserve at the Aylesbury Sewage Treatment work to the east – one of the best locations for wetland and other birds in the catchment – and the Waterstock meadows to the west.

In the longer-term, the new wetland complex could also provide a range of other benefits, for example a focus site for the re-introduction of freshwater plants and animals whose populations are declining or have become extinct in the River Thame catchment, and a national best practice demonstration site for floodplain wetland restoration.

Phase I of the two phase project is now complete. Please see our newsletter for more information on the design and works undertaken during phase I.

Finally we would like to give special thanks to Adam Price who has volunteered his time to help us monitor water levels and water quality across the site and to the Environment Agency for their contribution surveying the site for otter.

The Waddesdon Wetland is one of three sub-projects in a wider floodplain restoration and fish passability improvement project funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

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