Pulling out all the stops - final phase of Besthorpe Nature Reserve complete 23 January 2012

To mark the final phase of the habitat creation project at Besthorpe near Newark on Friday, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust opened the sluice gate to allow millions of litres of water to flow into the new network of reedbeds and ponds.

Crowd gathers to watch the water flowing into the new nature reserve at Besthorpe.

Co funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund's Trent Vale Landscape Partnership, the Besthorpe South nature reserve will increase the amount of wetland habitat in the area.

Despite rain, the event was well attended by The BBC, ITV and The Newark Advertiser. Following a thank you speech by John Everitt, Executive Director of Notts Wildlife Trust, Andrew Hindmarsh, long term volunteer, gave a history of the site and opened the sluice gate.

The water has been transferred to the new 70 hectare Besthorpe nature reserve in the hope it will attract rare species such as bittern, marsh harrier and otter. As part of the project, thousands of reeds have been planted by staff, volunteers and BTCV students.

The event was also attended by The RSPB, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, NWT Trustee Andy Wickham, Trent Vale Landscape Partnership, Collingham Parish Council and Lafarge.