Making an Island

Over the past year or so I’ve been gathering big lumps of flint from various areas around the reserve, being an old gravel pit there is quite a bit around. The plan was to use it to build an island in a shallow area in Ivy lake, and last week three of us went out and did just that. It was a bit of a slog shifting the rocks but after a few hours we’d managed it. Occasionally the water levels in Ivy lake drop down and exposes a small Island in this area which is often used as a resting area by lots of birds. However this year the lake levels have been just a bit too high. By building up this new island it should be used by birds all year round.

Adam putting in the first few stones

Adam putting in the first few stones

Adam and Ben shifting flints

Adam and Ben shifting flints

I intend to gather a load more flints and double the size of the island again next year. So far I’ve only seen a grey heron sat on it but hopefully it’ll be used by loads of wildlife in time and go on to be a kind of Blashford version of St Kilda or the Galapagos! The island is in the north east corner of Ivy Lake, in an area known as Teal bay, and is best viewed from Ivy North Hide or the northern screen on the Rockford track.

Finshed island and preening mallard

Finshed island and preening mallard

This little egret perched near by but wasn’t tempted into perching on the island.

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Little egret

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