You can’t travel far on Romney Marsh before coming across a ditch. These waterways criss-cross every part of the marsh and are evidence of man’s efforts to control water in this very low-lying landscape. Centuries of land drainage have reduced marshy habitats from covering the land to existing solely within the ditch system and as such vulnerable to change.
This project is looking at ways of enhancing the ditch network for wildlife in two ways. Firstly by providing funding and coordination of capital works to ditches that have been left unmanaged for a long time or are looking to improve the shape of them to benefit wildlife. The other strand is by providing workshops and advice leaflets to land owners and land managers on how best to manage ditches, the real win here is that benefitting wildlife also benefits landowners by creating a more resilient ditch network able to hold water when needed during dry spells and provide storage to prevent flooding when it is wet.
By funding the initial outlay for ditch re-profiling which can be prohibitively expensive, it allows cheaper regular maintenance to be carried out more efficiently and provides excellent legacy for the project.
Blue Lanes contributes to Restore project theme.
There are opportunities to become volunteer wildlife surveyors. From April to September there is the chance to come out and survey ditches for wildlife. This is a vital part of deciding what management will be needed. No experience necessary as there will be training opportunities within the Monitoring of the Marsh Project but a keenness to learn and an acceptance of getting muddy are essential!
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It is planned to create a number of short films about Romney Marsh during the life of the scheme and this will include recording the progress of the projects. Go to the film footage page to get details of the films we have produced so far.
To find out more including how to get involved contact the project team.