- Maintain the existing important areas of reedbed by encouraging appropriate management.
- Increase the amount of reedbed in appropriate areas by creation and re-creation.
- Ensure all reedbeds over 0.5ha in size are managed for wildlife interest by 2005.
- Create 100ha of reedbed by 2010.
- Of the above: Create at least four reedbeds (in 20-hectares or greater blocks) along the Trent and Tame valley, through restoration of gravel pits and the Central Rivers Project.
Total achievements to date (November 1998 - March 2001)
- 3 hectares of reedbed have been created by Hanson Aggregates at Middleton and Barton Quarries.
Protection and Policy
- Two sites containing small areas of reedbed have been notified as SSSIs.
- Reedbed has been listed as a costed key habitat in the UK Steering Group Report.
The Central Rivers Project has now been launched. This includes a strategy to increase the amount of wetland and riparian habitat along some of the riverways in Staffordshire.
Reedbed creation is targeted in various LEAPS that operate within the County.
Management, Research and Survey
- A number of sites containing reedbeds are managed actively for their conservation.
- Funding is available through the Countryside Stewardship scheme for management of reedbeds.
- A 'Restoring Power to the Wetlands' project (managed by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and funded by Powergen) operates in the east of Staffordshire.