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Upgraded reed bed starts to attract more wildlife at Lafarge Tarmac in the Staffordshire Moorlands

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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The latest maintenance work on the reed-beds of a Moorlands cement plant is attracting more wildlife to the area.

The Lafarge Tarmac, Cauldon Plant, reed bed system is vital for maintaining the quality of the water discharged into the River Hamps.

Situated in a picturesque area near to the Hamps and Manifold Site of Special Scientific Interest and the Peak National Park, the reed bed is an engineered structure, rather like a pond, that harnesses natural ecological processes and acts as a natural biological water filter.

Hannah Clark, Cauldon’s environmental co-ordinator said: “The latest maintenance on the reed-beds has seen an upgrade in reed bed design and new information boards alongside the footpath.

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“The former works waste tip has naturally re-colonised to become a very bio diverse area with birds, insects and many plant species.

“The area is used by members of Waterhouses Walking Group who meet every Tuesday.

A spokesman for the group said: “The reed beds look very healthy, and the signs also give you a good overview of why they are there and what they do.”

Wildlife are attracted to the refurbished reed beds

Wildlife are attracted to the refurbished reed beds

The reed beds.

Members of Waterhouses Walking Group take a stroll around the area.

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