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RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes, July 2008

Posted: 11/06/2008

All of the culverts under the guided bus way need to be strengthened and replaced, before the track is laid, and this work will be done sequentially through The Lakes in the coming weeks. The culvert on Mow Fen Drove is likely to be replaced in late June, and the culverts for Oxholme Drain and Moore Brook will be done after that. Laying the guided bus track will happen later in the year.

Guided Bus construction contractors placed notices on the nature reserve in early May, to advise people of temporary track closures to enable work to replace the Oxholme Drain culvert under the busway. Diversions will be set up first, to enable pedestrians and bridleway users to bypass the works in safety. The work can be done within the period defined on the notice, and the tracks do not have to be closed for the entire period.

We will all experience some disruption getting around Fen Drayton Lakes over the next few months, but perhaps you will enjoy walking a path that you’ve not used for some time. The blue tits currently nesting under the Moore Brook culvert are confident they will fledge their chicks long before the contractors begin working there.

One benefit we are hoping to see while sections of the bus way route are closed is a reduction in the number of off-road vehicles being driven onto footpaths and bridleways. As ever, if you see a vehicle where it should not be, please report it as soon as possible to the police, on 0845 456 4564. We thank everyone who has been supporting the RSPB and local parish councils by using this number.

Police officers have increased their visits to the area recently, and we feel that anti-social incidents may be declining, meaning that motors vehicles are spoiling fewer visits. However, no-one’s visit to the Lakes (or quiet time at home in the village) should be spoilt by the way someone else drives a vehicle, so we need to continue reporting incidents. We appreciate that some people want to go off-road with their vehicles, but trails on nature reserves are not appropriate.

May and June brought many uncommon migrant birds through the nature reserve, including a female red-footed falcon and a whiskered tern. Other migrants included Temminck’s stints, common cranes and a wood sandpiper. Pairs of avocets and oystercatchers nested on cleared islands in Moore Lake, but sadly the floods at the end of May and early June destroyed both nests.

Wetland Walkabouts
Start from the Elney Lake car park, with the wooden viewing screen, about a quarter mile from the village, just beyond the recreation ground.
£3 (£1 concession or child half-price to RSPB members)
Wednesday 2 July 10am-12.30pm
Thursday 17 July 10am-12.30pm

RSPB Wetland Project Safari
Booking required – call 01954 233260
£5 (£1 concession or child half-price to RSPB members)
Sundays 29 June & 27 July 4-6.30pm
Learn how this working sand and gravel quarry is being restored to create Ouse Fen nature reserve, one of Europe’s largest new wetlands. The developing habitats already have abundant wildlife.

Sunday 13 July – Open Day – please see separate notice for full details.

A leaflet listing all guided walks to the end of March 2009 is available – to request a copy, please phone 01954 233267 or send an e-mail to with your address.




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