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Pumping success boost for wildlife

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:06 22 October 2010

JONATHAN REDHEAD

Officials have revealed that plans to reduce water levels at the flooded Leathes Ham in Lowestoft have made an encouraging start. Trees have drowned and died and wildlife has left the area in recent years as flood levels reached up to 6ft.

Officials have revealed that plans to reduce water levels at the flooded Leathes Ham in Lowestoft have made an encouraging start.

Trees have drowned and died and wildlife has left the area in recent years as flood levels reached up to 6ft.

But temporary pumping equipment was installed on the site this year to keep the water at the intended level and during the next two months contractors will install a permanent solution.

Waveney District Council's asset management team believes it will be six to nine months before the area is dry enough for reinstatement to begin, although some areas could be dry enough before then for clearance work.

During the drying out period, the council will talk to interested parties including the RSPB, Suffolk Wildlife Trust and local community groups, to draw up a scheme for reinstating vegetation at the site.

Councillor Colin Law said: "This problem of the Ham being inundated by flood water has resulted in the loss of a valuable community asset over the last 10 years

or so.

"The community as well as wildlife experts will be involved in re-creating Leathes Ham for the benefit of us all."


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