Langford Lakes Nature Reserve, Wetland Enhancement Project (Summer 2020)

“Wiltshire Wildlife Trust commissioned Cain Bio-Engineering to construct a series of wetland features to enhance our flagship Langford Lakes nature reserve. The features consisted of a large ditch-fed  in-field scrape, a series of low-lying seasonal  islands on a lake and a shallow lake shelf, which were designed to support a variety of rare and declining wading bird species. From the start Cain-Bio project staff  impressed with their expertise and professionalism. The project was completed within timescales, and although the features were only constructed in late summer/early autumn they have already been a success, attracting several of the target bird species and many visitors to the reserve.”

Client testimonial – Ashley White – Reserves Manager, WWT – 01/12/2020.

Project Overview

Langford Lakes is a 32 hectare nature reserve located in the Wylye Valley between Salisbury and Warminster. The reserve comprises of a variety of critical wetland habitats for over 150 bird species, these habitats include four lakes, ponds, ditches and a stretch of the Wylye River SSSI.

The aim of The Wetland Enhancement Project was to create additional habitat to benefit wading birds of conservation concern and to enrich the wildlife interest for the numerous visitors to Langford Lakes.

The additional habitat comprised of four interconnected features:

  • Wetland Scrape – 0.65 hectares in area within the East Clyffe Meadow.
  • Bar & islands – within the existing East Clyffe Pond.
  • Extended wetland shelf – on the eastern margin of the Long Pond.
  • Feeder ditch – connecting the wetland scrape and East Clyffe pond with the Long Pond controlled through four sluice gates.