Clumber & Newstead Wetlands

White Clawed Crayfish at Newstead Abbey

Ian and Andy were playing Noah in February 2014! They built an Ark site for White Clawed Crayfish at Newstead Abbey.

The White Clawed Crayfish is the most threatened animal in the UK at the moment, it’s a freshwater lobster really, and the population at Newstead is very important, both locally and nationally. The stone is magnesian limestone from a quarry near Creswell Crags. Our hope is that the Ark site (and that the real name these habitats) helps protect and increase the population, we’ll keep you informed.

Crayfish Project


Rare habitats at Clumber Park and Newstead Abbey set for restoration

The Sherwood Forest Trust was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Rebuilding Biodiversity theme in 2012 for restoration of 50m of riverbank and associated lowland wet grassland habitat along the River Leen at Newstead Abbey, and restoration of 300m of riverbank, restoration of an existing reedbed and creation of a new reedbed along the River Poulter at Clumber Park. Through this work the project aims to restore marginal and adjoining habitats, leading to habitat improvements which will benefit many LBAP species, including the creation of an otter holt and wader scrapes.

Ian Major – Community Heritage Landscape Officer, Sherwood Forest Trust, said:

“The existing reed bed at Clumber Park was becoming encroached and natural succession, essentially the development of woodland, meant that this funding has allowed for this area to be brought back to life. The flow of water is better in this area and marginal habitat has been improved greatly.”

Cath Hare – Biffa Award Acting Programme Manager, said:

This project will have a lasting legacy, for both the habitats that it will restore and for the community it will involve and inspire. Biffa Award is proud to support projects that address the need to protect and restore our local natural habitats.”


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