The Carrs is a well-loved parkland to where we walk, run, play, grab a coffee and hang out.
We want to create new wetland areas and connect existing ponds, streams and ditches to make the best habitat for local wildlife. All manner of creatures can thrive in these new wetlands, such as newts, dragonflies, snails, mice, voles and birds, not to mention the native plant life that will benefit. We also want to remove invasive non-native species from the wet areas in the Carrs to give our wetland the best possible chance.
There will be opportunities for everyone to get involved in planting new areas with wildflowers or plants, as well as controlling invasive species and recording any wildlife we find. Lots of new skills will be learned and new friends made, as well as wildlife protected.
What we'll deliver:
- Vastly improve the current wetland area
- Create scrapes and ponds in the area
- Create new habitats and encourage new wildlife species
- Link existing river, marshland and carr habitat
- Control invasive non-native species like Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed
- Train volunteers to survey for wetland wildlife
- Provide opportunities at working parties for the community to get involved in creating this wonderful wetland
- Create safe ways for the public to engage in this new habitat
Why it's a great idea:
There are some small wetland areas in the Carrs, but by making them bigger and better, they will store carbon and slow the flow of water, cleaning it naturally and reducing flood risk. Wetlands support an abundance of plant, insect and mammal life life, which in turn provides shelter, food and breeding grounds for wildlife
The River Bollin connects the Carrs to habitats as far away as Lymm and Macclesfield, and by giving native wetland wildlife a boost through this project, we will be helping to create corridors of habitats that animals and insects can move along.
We will work alongside the community to improve wildlife habitat in The Carrs, and in doing so we will give skills building and learning opportunities to local residents, as well as a chance to meet new people and make new friends. All whilst improving the green spaces we all use on a daily basis.
Steps to get it done:
- Finalise Wetland Design
- Ecological Surveys
- Submit Environment Agency and Local Authority Consents
- Issue invite to tender and appoint contractor
- Construction work undertaken on wetland area
- Construction work completed on wetland area
- Volunteer working parties to plant up wetland area with native wildflowers, reeds and sedges
- Volunteer training to survey for wetland species
- Volunteer working parties to control Himalayan Balsam - invasive non-native species
- Control of Japanese Knotweed - invasive non-native species
- Wetland open to the public - wildlife event
This project will also support a reduction in water pollution, provide climate change benefits by creating a bigger carbon sink, and also be a wonderful asset to a local parkland.