Recently, Lincolnshire Rivers Trust, along with local volunteers extended existing biohavens and launched new floating ecosystems, which were provided by Biomatrix Water. Studies have shown over the years the three islands at Lincoln’s Brayford have provided a valuable refuge habitat for a wide diversity of species from otters and swans to ducks, fish, and pollinators. As part of the project, community engagement events, organised by LRT, took place to give the public an opportunity to help plant areas of the islands.
The project has been jointly funded by the Environment Agency, Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and City of Lincoln Council. Cllr Bob Bushell, Portfolio Holder for Remarkable Place and Addressing the Challenge of Climate Change at City of Lincoln Council said: “We recognise the importance of the Brayford for wildlife within the urban context of the city. We are committed as a partner of the Brayford Trust and custodian of the area to enhance our natural environment and do all we can to improve and develop this wonderful space in the city. I look forward to seeing this area continue to thrive for the wide variety of species which call the Brayford home.”
Gail Talton, Senior Project Officer at the Lincolnshire Rivers Trust added: “We are delighted to have delivered the second phase of our Brayford Pool Project and increasing the existing habitat for wildlife and for the people of Lincoln to enjoy. It is even better that we can engage the local community this time and we are looking forward to the possibility of phase 3 in the future, so watch this space!”
David Rossington, Secretary of The Brayford Trust said: “The Brayford Trust is pleased to be working with the Lincolnshire Rivers Trust, the University of Lincoln and other partners to provide floating biohavens along parts of the north wall and the east wall of the Pool. “The work is part of a pilot programme to maintain high environmental standards across the Brayford and if successful will be extended further. The Brayford Trust is always pleased to receive ideas from the public on further ways in which the Pool can be maintained and improved for the benefit of all.”
Cllr Ric Metcalfe, Chair of the Brayford Trust added: “This is a great initiative, as custodian of the Brayford Pool, the Trust is delighted with this work to protect and enhance the pool’s ecosystem.”
For further information contact:
Gail Talton, Senior Project Officer at Lincolnshire Rivers Trust
Tel: 07927 156155