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Siddick Ponds flourishing again one year after fire damage

9 April 2014

Wildlife and rare birds are returning to Workington’s Siddick Ponds a year after a huge fire devastated the important nature reserve and scared away a number of species.

Allerdale Borough Council, which owns the reserve, has worked tirelessly with partners, Natural England, volunteer groups, and the Friends of Siddick Ponds Nature Reserve, over the last 12 months to rebuild the fire-damaged site and encourage local wildlife back to the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Reed beds that were damaged by flames have now grown back and rare and endangered birds including three bitterns have so far returned for the current nesting season. Over the last 12 months, trees have been planted, new bird and owl boxes have been erected and an otter holt has recently been constructed and is being used, much to the delight of staff and volunteers.

New fencing has also been put up in key areas to provide added protection to the wildlife and their habitat predominantly from disturbance by dogs.

Efforts at the site have been aided by the new Workington Nature Partnership, formed late last year by Allerdale Borough Council and Workington Town Council. A new full time Partnership Officer has recently been appointed to work across the wider Workington natural environment of which Siddick Ponds is a key site.

Raegan McKay, the new Workington Nature Partnership Officer, said: “We will be carrying out much more survey work at Siddick Ponds to monitor which species of birds are returning to nest but we are all really encouraged by the early presence of bitterns, which we feared could have been lost to the site as a result of the fire.

“The support of volunteers at Siddick Ponds has been invaluable with them carrying out jobs such as scrub clearing and the cutting down of reed beds. However, more volunteers are always welcome and if anyone is interested in helping out, please just get in touch with me by calling 01900 702702.”

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