Kirkby Moor and Bain Valley - RB Wilkinson
creating an extensive area of new wildlife habitat
Centred on the Trust’s Kirkby Moor nature reserve, this ambitious project aims to create an extensive area of new wildlife habitat including wet woodland, heathland and acid grassland.
This will be based around several existing sites, including the Trust’s reserve at Kirkby Moor, which is the largest remnant of the once-large heathlands around Woodhall Spa. Another reserve has been created by gravel extraction alongside the River Bain, where the Trust is working with mineral companies on habitat restoration. Restoration at Kirkby Airfield, within the project area, would produce the largest area of heath, acid grassland and wetland restored from an extraction site in the East Midlands.
The Trust has purchased Riverslea Lake, a 6 hectare addition to the 15 hectare Kirkby Gravel Pits Nature Reserve. The critical feature of the lake is the “reservoir” of water that allows us to raise water levels in the main nature reserve lake in the winter. The lake was purchased thanks to a £140,000 grant from Biffa Award.
The grant also allowed for management works to be carried out including the flattening of a raised spit of land to create more islands, the creation of a sand martin cliff, water control structures, a grazing enclosure and improved entrance works.
Trust reserves within the scheme
This scheme is helping species including...
Lapwing, snipe, avocet, kingfisher, barn owl, nine species of bat, glow worm, hazel pot beetle.
Aggregate Industries, Cemex.