The main activity during April on Bosworth Marina was constructing the compensation pond to protect the SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), further along the Ashby Canal. Please go to the gallery to see how Ben Trivett and the team built it!
The SSSI habitat is now complete and the water is flowing gently from the canal into the pond. The pond is built with a central bund to form two canal-like strips of water and replicates the adjacent Ashby Canal.
A formal annual monitoring visit to the reserve will be made in July and August and will record all submerged, floating and emergent species present within the reserve channels and identify the presence of invasive and undesirable aquatic plant species (both native and non -native). There will be a check for presence of water vole burrows and other significant wildlife.
The on-site chandlery and shop have extended their range of boating items and groceries. The fuel and pump out services are fully operational and being widely used.
As Spring gets underway we are seeing a lot more passing boats calling in to use the facilities as well as an increase in boats using the marina as their home base. The planting around the site is becoming more established and we have even cut the grass for the first time!