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Old Basing stream revamped in a bid to attract more wildlife
WORK to change an Old Basing stream in the hope of attracting more wildlife is almost complete.
For three weeks, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has been reducing the concrete base of a stream that runs through Mill Field, between Bartons Lane and Pyotts Hill.
It is hoped that the bends and ponds that have been created during the work will provide shelter for slow-moving water for fish and insects, like the dragonfly and damselfly.
The work started on March 20 and is due to finish by the end of this week.
Amanda Ingham, land advice project manager for the trust, told The Gazette: “It is going really well and it looks quite different already.
“We are putting in plants as well so hopefully when the warmer weather does arrive, it should take off quite quickly.”
Reeds planted on the sides of the stream will provide more stability. The trust wants to install temporary fences around the stream and plants to protect it from walkers for a year, so the wildlife has a chance to establish itself.
The £26,000 scheme was first unveiled to Old Basing villagers last year during a consultation.
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