Terraqua Environmental Solutions supplied in early February 2015 a Floating Island Ecosystem designed to attract more birds to Canal & River Trust’s Fradley Junction Reservoir. Supported by Terraqua’s Chris Ansell the Island was installed by the local volunteers group. The work is part of a project to improve the wildlife habitat at the popular canal-side spot.
The robust Island sections are bolted together on the bank-side; volunteers install new plants alongside the existing established plants and fix the stainless steel upright brackets using stainless steel bolts.
Volunteer’s work together erecting the green PVC coated steel bird protection netting; the fence is placed around the full perimeter of the Island & cable tied to the upright to prevent damage to the young plants.
The complete Island is floated onto the water & volunteers finalise the fixing of the bird protection fence.
The Island is now ready to be towed out into its final position on the Reservoir.
In icy conditions the bird island is towed out onto the Reservoir to be anchored into position, over the coming months the plants will continue to grow and help to establish a colourful habitat for the protection of birds whilst encouraging local biodiversity. An enjoyable winter’s day was had by all: the CRT volunteers now look forward to seeing the island in the summer.
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