Reedbed Wetlands: Stepping Stones to Survival of Wildlife

If you’ve been roaming around the moorlands, the valleys surrounding Bleanavon or other UNESCO listed areas ofForgotten Landscapes you might have seen a rise in reedbed wetlands.  So why has there been rise of these reedbeds in the area? 

Phragmites reeds on project site

Phragmites reeds on project site

Well, over the past two years volunteers have been working hard to plant reeds in various areas of wetlands with a hope of saving wildlife, building a larger natural habitat and improving the landscape all over Forgotten Landscapes.

Reed Bed Planting

Volunteers enjoy reed bed planting

It might not look that inviting, but as our planet warms up, the boggy wetland that visitors see around Forgotten Landscapes may hold the key to the future survival of the birds, mammals and insects that like to make their home amongst the reeds.

Whilst people are able to modify their homes to counter the effects of climate change, plants and animals are forced to move. Species that require cooler conditions are moving northwards. The reedbed wetland that has been created here will provide a sanctuary, a ‘stepping stone’ to help them relocate over time.

It’s difficult to imagine that this was once a desolate wasteland, the legacy of Blaenavon’s industrial past.

Blaenavon World Heritage Site volunteers have helped to create a new landscape – one that is being managed for the future!

To learn more about volunteering contact Forgotten Landscapes today.
Contact: 
Sarah Lewis, Forgotten Landscapes Volunteer Recruitment & Training Officer
E-mail: sarah.lewis@torfaen.gov.uk   Telephone: 01495 742335

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