Good news for water voles and kingfishers! The Environment Agency has announced its exciting plans to create a new channel through the nature reserve where currently the Osbaldwick Beck is culverted. The primary reason for this £8million work is flood alleviation but the scheme will also help us create new habitats along the banks. We are currently working with the Agency to design this new channel and to minimise existing habitat loss by directing it through areas of lower wildlife value.
Once the project is confirmed we will transplant as much from the path of construction works as possible into other areas of the nature reserve or other sites we are working on. While this project will cause a great deal of disruption in the short term, we are confident the value of new habitat created in the long term will prove its worth. All this ties in well with our efforts to improve York’s green corridors and we’re working with the Agency on the design, which will also be subject to public consultation. Once approved, work should start in spring 2021. We’ll keep you posted.