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Norwood Road Nature Reserve, March

The group meet on the second Saturday of the month, from 10am.

Norwood Road Nature Reserve is looked after by a volunteer Wildlife Trust Warden. The warden will co-ordinate the work through monthly work parties.

Future projects include creating a car park area, a new viewing platform and replacement of a bridge.

The volunteers have created a pond dipping area, with new viewing/dipping areas and boardwalks. The central area has been cleared of shrubbery and dead trees to enable visitors to see what is in the ponds. By removing some of the dead wood, it will enable new plants, grass and trees to grow. Before the work was competed, new growth was suppressed by the ivy, brambles and dead vegetation on the ground.

Norwood Road Nature Reserve is little known and little used. It had become very overgrown, with its paths largely inaccessible to visitors.

In the past Fenland District Council's Street Pride Co-ordinator worked with learners from NACRO, Wisbech on making the reserve more accessible. March Wildlife Group are also involved in the project, volunteers maintain the grass footpaths and hedges. Wildlife Trust manage and own the site and have worked closely on the project to ensure work carried out is done with as little impact on the reserve as possible.

The work parties have been busy cutting back trees, rebuilding and extending  footpaths using old railway sleepers, digging out a drainage trough and removing litter from the site.

The reserve backs on to the railway line. The site originally contained several cottages and a railway "borrow pit" from which ballast was removed. The pit has since flooded to create a deep pool, and the reserve now contains a wide variety of wildlife habitats.

The water attracts coot, moorhen and mallard, as well as nesting sedge and reed warblers. The reserve is also rich in insects and butterflies.

Take a look at a video filmed during the community event held at the Nature Reserve in April 2013

Norwood Road Nature Reserve Community Event