Ponds on the M25

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

M25 pond creationOn the way back from site today I stopped off at the newly created ponds at section 4b to see how they were developing. At one of the ponds I saw some common darter dragonflies and there was a flock of meadow pipits feeding in the surrounding meadow. Invertebrates were abundant in some permanent water which had created an additional small pond.

One of the ponds is really looking fantastic with great reed-mace starting to form a dense stand surrounding the permanent water. Here I saw more common darter dragonflies, a grey heron, a common snipe and a pied wagtail feeding in the shallow water. These areas are now providing superb wildlife habitat of much higher value than that which was there before – grazed improved grassland. This is a very positive outcome of the motorway widening works we have been involved with for the past three years.

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Also see our pages on ecology work for major infrastructure projects including a water vole survey for the Bidston Moss Viaduct strengthening works along the M53 and the preparation of an Environmental Statement for the proposed Heathrow Airtrack scheme by the British Airport Authority.

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