Seething Wells: Drainage of the Filter Beds, 2011
Of the mosaic of habitats apparent during August wet grassland areas incorporated 3 persicaria species including pale persicaria Persicaria lapathifolia, previously recorded at only 6 sites across the borough.These plants can be important for seed eating birds especially post-breeding autumn flocks including sparrows, finches and linnets. The latter are a bird once regularly recorded in many areas of the borough, including the cemetery but are now confined to the green belt farmland. This habitat would have been ideal for them had it not bee removed by heavy machinery during October, 2011.
Please let me know if you see any vegetation works on the filter beds. Some of the habitat changes could damage the site forever. Removal of some vegetation could be contrary to the Habitats Regulations (see emerging entries on the bat interest). Allowing vegetation to develop in the vertical brickwork of the sloping sides of the basins, is an obvious way of destroying the future viability of this location as a heritage site.