One thing we do not have a shortage of at Lofftwen is water! Creating a series of wetlands will provide vital fresh water habitat for wildlife whilst helping to manage the seasonal fluctuations of rainfall and water runoff from the site.

THE PLAN

Over time, many of the drainage channels have become blocked and parts of the land have begun to revert to a more natural wetland state. We want to encourage this process on suitable parts of the farm in order to introduce as many different types of water habitat as practically possible, including areas of native broadleaf wet woodland.

Freshwater plants and animals depend on all kinds of fresh water habitat from large lakes to often overlooked small trickles, pools and springs. Many of these fresh water habitats have been disappearing at an alarming rate, and we aim to help reverse this trend.

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...the creation of small pools will provide a superb habitat for
both amphibia and other herptiles such as newts as well as a range of aquatic
invertebrates, dragonflies and damselflies in particular, contributing greatly to the
biodiversity of the farm.
— Phase 1 habitat report, Lofftwen, 2016