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Action Plan:  Habitats
  • 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.
Current Action
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.
Action Plan

UK Lead Organisation:
English Nature

County Lead Organisation:

  • Promote the strategy for the creation of large reedbeds in the Trent and Tame Valleys. (CRP) 
  • Ensure that all creation is carried out in a strategic manner on a region wide basis that fits in with national targets. (RSPB, EN, EA)
  • Promote the inclusion of reedbed habitat in after-use schemes as a condition of mineral extraction where appropriate. (SBAP Partnership)
  • Promote the sustainable use of reedbeds by local thatching and craft industries. (SBAP Partnership)
  • Promote the use of Sustainable Drainage Systems in all new development from 2001. (SBAP Partnership)
  • Ensure any examples of reedbed that meet the required criteria are given SBI status. (SBI Grading Committee)
  • Ensure appropriate reedbed sites meeting the SSSI criteria are designated. (EN)
  • Seek to create and manage further areas of reedbed in appropriate areas. (Mineral Companies, CRP)
  • Encourage the development of sympathetic water abstraction and water level management policies in order to protect existing reedbeds. (EA, IDB)
  • Where appropriate, seek to install reedbeds and use reedbeds as filters and for nitrate removal at water treatment sites. (Water Companies)
  • Lobby for expansion of existing schemes such as Countryside Stewardship to encourage reedbed creation. (Nature Conservation Organisations)
  • Prepare and implement water level management plans for all priority sites. (EA, IDB)
  • Promote the use of reedbeds in balancing pond schemes to reduce adverse effects from urban run-off and further research into flow rates through reedbeds to maximise filtering benefits. (EA)
Monitoring and Research
  • Survey new sites for signs of colonisation by key species on a once yearly basis. (RSPB, WMBC)
  • Seek to monitor the creation, restoration and management of this habitat throughout the County. (SWT)
  • Produce a County reedbed inventory by 2005. (SBAP Partnership)
  • Promote the biodiversity and landscape value of reedbed to the public and landowners. (SBAP Partnership)
  • Promote reed bed creation to minerals companies. (SBAP Partnership)

Complementary Plans
  • UK Reedbed HAP
  • Staffordshire Lowland Wet Grassland HAP
  • Staffordshire Lakes, Pools and Canals HAP
  • Staffordshire Wet Woodland HAP
  • Staffordshire Streams and Rivers HAP 
  • Staffordshire Water Vole SAP
  • Staffordshire Otter SAP
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