Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve to open in Milton Keynes later this month

Staff will be on hand to welcome the public to the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve on Thursday 25th August and show them around the newly opened site.

Friday, 5th August 2016, 5:05 pm
Updated Friday, 5th August 2016, 6:10 pm
Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve

Earlier on in the day the site will be officially opened by Adam Henson, farmer and rural TV presenter.   

From 1:30-4pm the public are welcome to take a look around the site and will be able to join in on a number of fun activities including; guided walks, bird spotting and bug hunting. There will be a talk from Adam Henson at 2.30pm and meet and greet opportunities.

Specialists will be on hand to guide visitors around the site and answer questions.

Since 2007, The Parks Trust with the help of Hanson UK has been transforming 48 hectares of the Great Ouse Valley near Old Wolverton, into a Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve.

A network of interlinked lakes, shallow pools, scrapes, channels, gravel islands and other wetland features provide the elements needed to return the area to what it might have looked like before the Bronze Age more than 5,000 years ago – a wildlife-rich floodplain forest. Martin Kincaid, Biodiversity Officer, at The Parks Trust said:

“The varied floodplain habitat will mature into a diverse ecosystem supporting a wide range of plants and insects, amphibians, birds, fish and mammals such as water vole. At this time of year, the new Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve is humming with life. The muddy margins of the lakes will attract migrating wading birds to feed. Species like Lapwing and Redshank breed on site and they may be joined by passage migrants like Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpipers and Dunlin, to name but a few.”

Visitors will need to sign up for activities on the day which will take place at 1.30pm and 3pm.

For more information visit: http://www.theparkstrust.com/parks/floodplain-forest