Thursday 10th September 2020, 2:16pm

Nature and wildlife charity, Lavell’s Wetland Trust, is currently fundraising for the largest bird watching hide in Berkshire, with all donations going towards a state-of-the-art new subscription hide to overlook the newly created habitats perfect for wetland birds at Lea Farm Lake.

The charity’s largest conservation project, funded by Network Rail, has just been completed and saw thousands of tons of soil moved around to create the largest Phragmites reed bed in the area spanning over a hectare, and at the same time creating the largest marshland in the area, over a hectare of shallow water habitat.

The reed bed, when established, will encourage large increases of breeding Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers, Reed Bunting, maybe even Grasshopper Warbler. The marsh will attract many species all year round, but become a vital stopover point for passage waders, wagtails and pipits. In the Winter the charity expects to see a big increase in Teal and other wildfowl, many more Snipe, Water Rail, Lapwing, Jack Snipe and may even attract the odd Golden Plover and Ruff.

The new hide will provide visitors with stunning views over this wonderful habitat and the subscriptions will allow the charity to continue its invaluable work for the local wildlife.

The charity would also welcome any individual sponsors and corporate companies which might be interested in getting involved as sponsors through monetary or product contributions. For example, the solar panels to run the webcams into nest boxes.

The charity, which manages Lavell’s Lake – 46 acres of mixed wetland habitats at Dinton Pastures Country Park and Lea Farm Lake, which was purchased from Summerleaze Ltd in 2018 and gifted to them by friend and Trustee Ron Bryant.

For more information and updates please follow the fundraising link: