Most of the waterways are brackish, a mix of fresh and salty water from the River Stour estuary fed in to the reserve by a sluice gate. When managing water levels it is aimed to hold as much fresh rain water as possible and limit the amount of brackish water introduced. This keeps the salt content lower allowing more species of water life to live in the ditches, lake and ponds. GET INVOLVED
Reedbeds are another important feature of the wetland habitats. Most of these are small areas, or verges at the edges of ditches. The largest area of reedbed on the reserve runs a long the edge of the River Stour, an area which is secluded to provide undisturbed nesting and roosting sites.
These areas are planned to undergo extensive improvements over the next 3-5 years as soon as funds can be raised. Clearing silt from waterways, improving water management, clearing scrub and improving the variety of plant life and habitats.