The spruce trees were felled and cleared, along with most remaining brash (branches, etc). Early ideas of replacing ploughed soil were abandoned because of the scale and costs of the operation. Some drainage ditches were blocked on an experimental basis, raising the water table and in addition, with National Heritage Lottery funding, several new ponds were dug. Subsequently, a boardwalk circuit has been established for visitors, which is being upgraded to allow wheelchair access to part of the protected area, and a simple bird hide is being constructed from living willow at the edge of one of the new ponds.

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