Open day at Langford Lakes

Salisbury Journal: Open day at Langford Lakes Open day at Langford Lakes

NATURE in all its glory was celebrated at an open day at a nature reserve near Wylye at the weekend.

Langford Lakes nature reserve is marking ten years since it was handed over to Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and invited people to go along and see the work being done there and how it is looked after.

The area started life as a 16th century water meadow, before being used for gravel extraction and as a commercial fishery.

Since it took over, the trust has been working to return it to its natural state.

One recent project saw a field transformed into a reed bed to attract more birds and other wildlife.

Amanda Callard, from the charity, said: “Langford is famous for its birds, and the birds like different levels of water, so one of the things we’ve done to attract more and different sorts of wildlife is to regrade some of those lakes.

“We’ve allowed a lot of the vegetation to grow up so there’s a lot of reeds there and a lot of willow trees.

That has also attracted things like butterflies and dragonflies.”

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