Dexter at New Pool 2019

In 2019 Shropshire Wildlife Trust [ SWT] bought 27 acres of land adjoining mine and in 2021 a further 5 acres. In addition, they have leased 20 acres so that the entire site now covers 110 acres and SWT’s Reserves Officer, Jan McKelvey has produced maps and drawn up management plans for the whole.

Kingfisher 2020

The vision is to maintain and enhance the mosaic of existing habitats over the whole 110 acres of Pam’s Pools and increase the species-diversity of the site by creating new ones through conservation grazing, the planting of native trees and shrubs and the management of the two lakes, three pools and the newly excavated scrapes.

New scrapes in swamp field February 2020 – Tim Walter
Dexters in Lane Field with New Pool in background

The wetlands have already started to attract a wide range of birds, amphibians, reptiles and dragonflies. The two wild-flower hay-meadows and species-rich grassland are especially rich in invertebrates, with butterflies & grasshoppers abounding. Camera-traps are revealing plenty of mammals, including otter, polecat & badger.

Common Blue butterfly 2020
Conservation Lake