TL5472 : The Mound

taken 8 months ago, 3 km from Barway, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

The Mound
The Mound
Lit by the setting late autumn sun, this artificial hill provides a vantage point for a bird hide on the Kingfishers Bridge nature reserve LinkExternal link
Kingfishers Bridge Nature Reserve :: TL5473

Since 1995 the Kingfishers Bridge Project has transformed 300 acres of arable farmland into a mosaic of wildlife habitats. Where tractors once cultivated the soil to grow potatoes and cereals there are now meadows with hundreds of wintering wildfowl, reedbeds with nesting Marsh Harriers and limestone cliffs with breeding Sand Martins and Kingfishers.
The project, which was started by private initiative, has many special features. It benefits from various water sources including clear clean water seeping from a limestone ridge which lies adjacent to the site. Water levels are carefully managed for optimum wildlife benefit with the use of banks, ditches and sluices which ensure none is wasted.
Reedbed, fen, mere, ditches, ponds, islands, meadows, scrapes and cliffs have all been created, each with the special features needed to attract a variety of species. For instance the reedbed has open pools, some deep water, an extensive ditch system and variable water depth to attract species such as Bittern. It has also been stocked with fish and small eels to ensure a good food supply is available.
Since 1995 over 300 plant taxa have been recorded, most of which have colonised naturally. A few have needed some help. Water Germander had declined in Eastern England to just 12 plants, all of which were here at Kingfishers Bridge.

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 4 November, 2020   (more nearby)
Friday, 6 November, 2020
Geographical Context
Lakes, Wetland, Bog 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 5423 7298 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:19.9939N 0:15.7259E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 5437 7289
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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