SOAR VALLEY

WILDLAND NETWORK REWILDING PROJECTS DATABASE

Project Name

Soar Valley Floodplain

Country

England

Current land designations

None

Specific location

Leicestershire

Year rewilding started

2002

Grid reference

SK 598133

Location

Latitude: 52 43 00 N Longitude: 01 07 00 W

Altitude

47m

Project Management

Ownership: Leics & Rutland Wildlife Trust

Management: Leics & Rutland Wildlife Trust

Area under rewilding (hectares)

110ha

Project funding

Funds raised through Aggregates Levy grants, public appeal and donations from charitable trusts and local authorities

Rewilding methods

Restoration of gravel workings and former arable land through manipulation of landform then natural regeneration and grazing with cattle and ponies. Some initial planting of wet woodland.

Habitats present

Grassland, marsh, fen, shallow and deep pools, wet woodland and scrub

Target species

Black Poplar, otherwise none particularly

Species reintroductions

Black Poplar

Access to the area

Network of paths

Links to further information

LRWT website and then see Nature Reserves, Cossington Meadows and Wanlip Meadows www.lrwt.org.uk

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