As a result
of an extensive restoration programme, the Woodland Education Centre now has a number of
high quality freshwater aquatic habitats.
The Centre was originally overrun by an immense sterile
rhododendron jungle. In 1986 a restoration programme started
and this was initially confined to some of the woodland.
In 1988 work commenced clearing rhododendron from The
Wetlands Project sites. This was immediately followed by major excavation in 1991. The
work successfully restored a small lake, created a pond, as well as a separate wetland
area and a marsh. This work was funded by South
West Water Plc (now part of the Pennon Group) and the Department of the Environment
The information which is provided on Wetlands
Restoration includes the project details, civil engineering works and drawings, wildlife
surveys, video, as well as many before and after pictures.
To see what the area looks like today please visit our interactive map. The four separate habitats which were
restored at this time are:
These areas now support a wide range of plants and
animals. Kingfishers breed on site and otters are passing visitors. In addition to this,
the Centre is a key dragonfly site because of the number of species which have been
recorded. It is also regionally important as a breeding site for the Ruddy Darter
dragonfly. The Centre is also a major amphibian breeding site. In in late winter or early
spring thousands of toads spawn. This remarkable spectacle has been featured on several
occasions by the BBC and network television. Other amphibians which spawn at the Centre
include Common Frog and Palmate Newt.
In addition to this, the Centre's aquatic habitats are
widely used by schools, colleges and community groups. For details of our education
programme click here.
The publishing of this information on the internet has
been funded by the Pennon Group through the The Landfill Tax Credit Scheme and by the Heritage Lottery Fund.