OUSE WASHES

WILDLAND NETWORK REWILDING PROJECTS DATABASE

Project Name

Ouse Washes

Country

England

Current land designations

SSSI, SPA

Specific location

Cambridgeshire

Year rewilding started

2001

Grid reference

TL471860

Location

Latitude: 52 27 08 N Longitude: 00 09 48 E

Altitude

 

Project Management

Ownership: Local Council

Management: RSPB

Area under rewilding (hectares)

44ha

Project funding

Defra through the Countryside Stewardship agreement; contributions from the Environment Agency; and donations from two RSPB members' groups.

Rewilding methods

Wetland creation through creation of a membrane around the site, and by directing surface run off from adjacent land onto the site in order to raise water levels; Re-seeding with seed from Holland; Cattle grazing

Habitats present

Wet land habitats; Arable land

Target species

Wading birds: Lapring, red shank, black tailed godwit

Species reintroductions

None

Access to the area

No public access onto site

Links to further information

RSPB project description: www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/o/ousewashes/index.asp

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