Bringing reedbeds to life
The RSPB is bringing reedbeds to life across the UK - every buzzing, crawling, slithering, fluttering part of them.
- Increase understanding of the habitat and management requirements of a range of reedbed wildlife, via a programme of wildlife research and survey work on the five key project reedbed sites.
- Increase our understanding of the factors influencing bittern nesting events at five key reedbed sites, via a programme of research and survey work.
- Provide site specific, habitat management advice to reedbed managers via a programme of practical reedbed habitat audit site visits across an additional 20 reedbed sites.
- Develop new and updated habitat management advice and technical guidance to reedbed managers based upon results.
- Bring together reedbed managers and others to share best practice and explore new techniques for reedbed management, via technical workshops, training courses and conferences.
- Workshops held in 2011.
- Training courses run in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
- The older drier parts of the reedbed contained higher overall invertebrate diversity and many invertebrates with conservation statuses.
- We found that early successional reedbed is important for reedbed and wetland specialist invertebrates.
- Seasonally flooded pools were important for common frogs and well-vegetated ditches were important for smooth newts.
- The results show having a variety of ditches and open water bodies is important for aquatic invertebrates and macrophytes.
- The data support previous findings that reedbeds are important refuges for water voles from mink predation. Water vole and mink were found to be coexisting at all five sites.
- Reedbeds are dynamic ecosystems and temporal and spatial variation in habitats is key to maintaining high diversity of flora and fauna. Management which maintains a range of successional stages will maximise conservation and biodiversity.
- This project is supported by Natural England, via the Countdown 2010 Biodiversity Action Fund.
Creating and managing reedbeds for wildlife. Date: 19 November 2014. PDF, 2.33MbBringing Reedbeds to Life
Date: 28 March 2011 .PDF, 257KbBringing Reedbeds to Life - Executive Summary
Date: 28 March 2011. PDF, 709KbChapters 1 and 2: Introduction and Environmental gradients in reedbeds
Date: 28 March 2011. PDF, 495KbChapter 3: Overview of invertebrate results
Date: 28 March 2011. PDF, 1.51MbChapter 4: Water trap surveys
Date: 28 March 2011. PDF, 1.41MbChapter 5: Pitfall trap surveys
Date: 28 March 2011. PDF, 1.42MbChapter 6: Light trap surveys for moths
Date: 28 March 2011. PDF, 1.96MbChapter 7: Aquatic invertebrates
Date: 28 March 2011. PDF. 764KbChapter 8: Aquatic plants
Date: 28 March 2011. PDF, 764KbChapter 9: Amphibians
Date: 28 March 2011. PDF, 1.56MbChapter 10: Water voles
Date: 28 March 2011. PDF, 154KbChapter 11: Conclusion
Date: 7 October 2009. PDF, 287KbReedbed management poster
Date: 8 April 2009. PDF, 313KbBringing reedbeds to life