The Brayford Pool in Lincoln is a real focal point. It does not however have much biodiversity. Working with the Brayford Trust, the University of Lincoln and the Environment Agency we are hoping to improve that over the next few years.
Last week saw the first step towards this. We have installed, with the help of contractors Frog Environmental, forty metres of floating rafts to provide habitat for wildlife above and below the surface.
Special brackets have been constructed that allow the Biohavens to move up and down when the water levels change. Once fitted the rafts were floated into place.
The roots can now access the water from the pool. They will make great fish refuge for smaller fish to feed and hide from predators. The plants on top will provide habitat for pollinators and other insects such as dragonflies and damselflies. They were already checking it out as they were being fitted!
When the current situation allows we will be working with volunteers to improve the bank near the University providing more habitat for the wildlife and bring it closer to the local community.