POOLS designed to increase biodiversity will be introduced to St Mary’s Lands in Warwick.
Warwick District Council’s Planning Committee has approved proposals to introduce ‘wetland scrapes’ on the parkland.
Plans were agreed for four shallow pools to draw wildlife, provide feeding areas for wading birds, and a breeding area for amphibians.
The work forms part of the ‘Masterplan’ for the Warwick open space, which this summer has also seen the introduction of a wild bird feeding crop. The council aims to benefit species in significant decline.
Councillor Moira-Ann Grainger said: “These measures for St Mary’s Lands will help to create a wetland habitat that will help to increase biodiversity in a species poor area. I would like to thank the St Mary’s Lands Working Party for their continued commitment to enhancing this beautiful open space for the benefit of future generations.”
The masterplan also includes improvements to footpaths and parking, a new play area next to the Forbes estate, improved drainage and flood defences and a 120-bedroom hotel.