Vole

Plans to improve the brook running through a Bromsgrove park to create a better home for wildlife, including water-voles, are set to be revealed at a drop-in event.

At the end of September large scale works to remove sections of the crumbling concrete channel along the Battlefield Brook, in Sanders Park, to replace it with a naturalised channel, will start and last for 18 weeks.

In February 2019  phase two, which will see  minor habitat alterations such as adding ripples and pooling sections to the upstream and downstream reaches, will start and last eight weeks.

During this time different areas of the park will be fenced off as the works take place there and at times some sections of footpaths will be temporarily closed.

Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio-holder for Leisure, Cllr Peter Whittaker said: “We are keeping the disruption to a minimum but do ask park users to bear with us as the changes will provide a more attractive habitat for the wildlife.”

This work is one of many National Environment Programmes taking place across the UK by various water companies.

The Environment Agency have identified these schemes to ensure water companies meet European and national water quality targets. Battlefield Brook was selected as an area in which habitat improvements would be required to enable the watercourse to achieve “good” river quality status.

Heather McCready, from Severn Trent, who are carrying out the work in Bromsgrove, said: “We’re committed to protecting and improving the environment right across our region. “This work aims to improve local habitat and provide an environment in which wildlife, such as the water voles, can populate and traverse between the natural upstream and downstream sections of the brook.”

Residents are invited to drop-in at a special engagement sessions run by Severn Trent, NMCNomenca and partners including the Council, on Thursday 17th August between 2pm and 7pm. More details about the programme will be available and experts will be on hand to answer any questions.