Working to bring back wonderful wildlife
WILDLIFE will flourish even more after work to improve an important chalk stream is complete.
Landowners are working with the Environment Agency at Laceby Beck to clear vegetation shading the water.
A total of 2.4km is being cut back because if sunlight doesn't reach the beck bed, the growth of aquatic plants is restricted.
Agency spokeswoman Helen Barber said: "Laceby Beck is a spring-fed chalk stream and has the potential to be highly valuable to wildlife.
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"The stretch of beck we are currently working on close to Laceby village already has a fairly natural meandering habit and this means we should see improvements quite quickly as a result of our work.
"It complements what we carried out on the beck close to the golf club last year.
"It will create new habitats for fish – particularly trout – and both land and water invertebrates.
"It will also improve the habitat for mammals, such as water voles and bats, and birds, such as kingfishers."
The work is part of the Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project, a partnership between the Environment Agency, Anglian Water, Natural England, the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service, the Wild Trout Trust and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
Ruth Snelson, who is involved in the project, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to improve a long stretch of chalk stream habitat.
"By working in partnership and with support from farmers and the nearby golf course, we expect some positive long-term changes to the habitat.
"Brown trout have been known to live in this part of the beck and it would be great to see them return in the near future."
The work, near to Laceby village, began in January.
Once completed this month, the beck will continue to be monitored.