A WETLANDS project in Nettlebed has been awarded a £10,000Â grant.
The Nettlebed and District Commons Conservators have receivedÂ the fundingÂ from the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment to enable work to begin on the common.
The project aims to restore and extend the area of open habitat in the abandoned clay pits and to create a mostly sunny, open complex of acid wetland habitats over aboutÂ two hectares.
Practical work will include species surveys, tree felling and removal, pond reprofiling and creation and level and hydrological surveys.
Until 2011Â the ponds and wetlands on the common had been neglected and become overgrown with willow and birch, making them dark and impenetrable.