Wetland habitat such as this in increasingly
rare and therefore environmental groups such as Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
are keen to assist in the management of the reserve.
For a brief description of the make up of
Wolvey Wetland by Louise Sutherland former
Wetland Project Officer, Warwickshire Wildlife
The Wetland Wildlife
Snipe have been spotted on the wetland, newts are present, robins and wrens
fly up to greet you as you walk down the boardwalk. There is also a resident
woodpecker and a barn owl is often seen at dusk. In the snow, fox tracks
were visible on the boardwalk treads, as well as many bird and fowl tracks,
which tells a tale of much activity there, super to see.
For more information on Snipe:
Wolvey Wetland Reserve Bird Log:
A log of species spotted on
the reserve between 2008 - 2014 has been compiled by Andrew Dixon -
To View or Download Log:
Water Vole have colonised the banks of various water courses in and
around Wolvey. Water voles are on the ‘at risk’ list so we are very lucky to
have them in the area… please respect them. They are legally protected and
it is an offence to disturb their habitat.
For more information on Water Vole:
Habitat such as Wolvey Old Cricket Field Wetland Reserve are
increasingly rare and therefore environmental groups such as Warwickshire
Wildlife Trust are keen to assist in the management of the reserve.
Since its creation Wolvey Environmental Group has provided a variety of
habitats both for fauna and flora, from bat and owl boxes to a Mini-beast
mansion in the woodland walk.
To view some of the habitats the group has created:
Wolvey Environmental Group - Wildlife Based Information and Downloads:
The Woodland Walk
The Wetland also boasts a small 60m section of
woodland accessed via the Boardwalk Extension and an Old Cattle Bridge, it
is bordered by a stream on the Wetland side and a meadow on the other.
For views and more information
on the Woodland Walk:
During the autumn of 2008 The Wolvey Environmental Group (& Friends) built a
198 metre boardwalk across the Wetland allowing access through the site for
everyone. The boardwalk was built entirely of recycled plastic materials
supplied by SECURE-A-FIELD of Coventry, designed & constructed by the
Wolvey Environmental Group and local volunteers. The construction of
the original boardwalk was made possible by the award of grants of £10,000
from the Big Lottery Fund, £10,000 from the Rugby Rural
Development Fund and an
additional £5000 from Wolvey Parish Council.
In 2009, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and the
Warwickshire Rural Community Council (WRCC) awarded £3762 for volunteers
to construct an extension of the boardwalk to allow improved access
over a stream via an old cattle bridge to the woodland walk.
Views of the Boardwalk
For views of the Boardwalk from South
to North and North to South.
Building The Boardwalk
Views of the boardwalk construction which
gives an indication of the adverse conditions the group had to overcome
during the build:
Repairing & Stabilising the Boardwalk
In June 2015, following the 10 month closure
of the Wetland, Wolvey Environmental Group members and friends took on the
major task of repairing and stabilising the Boardwalk at the reserve.
The Boardwalk Extension:
An extension of the boardwalk was
completed in 2009 to allow improved access over a stream via an old cattle
bridge to the woodland walk.
In 2009 Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and the
Warwickshire Rural Community Council (WRCC) announced a grant award to
Wolvey Parish Council for community benefit under the COMMA fund the
Community Aggregates Fund to
construct an extension of the boardwalk.
The Parish Council is
grateful to these organisations for making it possible to improve access
through the site, so everyone can enjoy the natural environment of the
reserve. The grants allowed the purchase the materials but all the labour
and skill to construct the boardwalk came from a keen group of local
For more pictures of the Boardwalk Extension:
Repairing & Stabilising the Boardwalk Extension
the repairing and stabilising the main boardwalk at the reserve, members of
Wolvey Environmental Group repaired and stabilised the boardwalk Spur.
Original Signage Boards were redesigned and renewed in 2006, New
Main Signs and Notice Boards were
installed in 2009 and the internal Pictorial Nature Boards were updated for 2016/17.
For views of current signage:
The Wicker Sculptures
There Playing Cricket on the Old Cricket field Again:
Managing and Maintaining the Wetland Reserve:
all important management plan and working document for the reserve
has been agreed by Wolvey Parish Council.
This is great for reference when
advice is needed. Members of our group also attend various workshops at
Brandon Marsh Nature Centre to widen our knowledge of reptiles, insects and
all things flora and fauna.
Birds and plant life
has been surveyed, log pile habitats created including an eco - log table
and mini - beast mansion, plus owl and bat boxes have been constructed and
are now in situ. Also many plants, birds, animals and insects have been
photographed and recorded for future reference.
Wetland Projects and Working
A great deal of work has already been
done by the group's working parties, ongoing maintenance includes
repairing and repainting the fences, reed
bed reduction, tree management, grass cutting etc. Clearing and tidying
continues inside the reserve.
Projects for 2016
Building a bridge and new pathway (with
grass grids) from the woodland walk back to the main seating area -
Achieved December 2016.
Review and replace Internal signage at the wetland - Ongoing,
est. Spring/summer 2017.
Repair sections of Fence
between Woodland Walk and Meadow - Achieved
Projects Completed 2013/15
Projects Completed 2012/13
Projects Completed 2011/12
Projects Completed 2010/11
Projects Completed 2009/10
Major Projects Completed in 2009:
They're Playing Cricket again at the Wetland!
Major Projects Completed in 2008:
Construction of the Boardwalk:
See also Wolvey Environmental Group's Wildlife based Information and
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