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The Old Cricket Field Wetland Reserve

Set in 3.5 acres, the Wolvey "Old Cricket Field" Wetland Reserve has pools, reed beds, grassland, a stream, boardwalks and a bridge leading to a woodland walk. There is a wide range of plants plus a diversity of mammals, birds, insects and amphibians. Wolvey Wetland Reserve is owned by Wolvey Parish Council and managed & maintained by the Wolvey Environmental Group.

Images by kind permission of Pete Hopkins

Contacts:
Ruth Buswell

Tel:
01455 22
1324
Email:
ruthbuswell@btinternet.com

On this Page
Where to find us in Wolvey
Wetland History
Latest News
Fields in Trust
Wolvey's Award Winning Wetland
Wonderful Wetlands
The Wetland Wildlife
The Woodland Walk
The Boardwalk
The Boardwalk Extension
Wetland Signage Boards
Wicker Sculptures
Managing and Maintaining the Reserve
Projects & working Parties

Wolvey Environmental Group's Wildlife based Information and Downloads

Where to find us in Wolvey:
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Wolvey Wetland Reserve - HistoryCricket on the Old Cricket Field

 

The reserve was originally a boggy field in a small Hamlet known locally as Sanford.  In the early 1900's the land was levelled and drained to provide Wolvey with a village cricket field. The old cricket field closed in 1957 and the land  returned to pasture where for many years cattle grazed. In 1962, the new Wolvey playing field was opened  off Bulkington Road which provided  improved facilities for playing cricket. By the end of the 1990's, however, the land at the Old Cricket Field had become increasingly swampy.

In 1999, to celebrate the Millennium, a group of villagers decided to buy some land for the future enjoyment of Wolvey residents . The site of the old cricket field was identified  because of the relative scarcity of this type of habitat. Negotiations with the land owners Gallifords/ Try and the award of a grant from the Warwickshire Environmental Trust enabled the land to be purchased by Wolvey Parish Council in 2002. It became known as Wolvey Old Cricket Field Wetland Reserve and is now managed as a Wetland Nature Reserve by Wolvey Environmental Group. Since its acquisition, benches have been placed for the quiet enjoyment of the surroundings. Notices show the diverse flora and fauna to be found throughout the year. The old cricket field has won acclaim not just from the resident and visiting wildlife.

For more information on Wolvey Environmental Group Click Here

Latest News
For news on recent and forthcoming projects for both the Environmental Group and at  Wolvey Wetland: Click Here

Wolvey Wetland Reserve - Fields in Trust
T
he Fields in Trust is a deed of dedication obtained through Queen Elizabeth
's II Field's challenge. It is a project proposed by HRH Prince William to celebrate his Grandmother's Diamond Jubilee. The aim was to ensure that 2012 open spaces would be kept for perpetuity, to ensure green spaces for the next generation and beyond. An inspection of each site that applied for this deed of dedication, was carried out, to ensure that there was access for all, and that the space was looked after and would be maintained in the future.

Both Wolvey Wetland Reserve and Wolvey Playing Field were accepted, and both received a plaque and deeds of dedication, ensuring these two green spaces will be safe from development for the future. Click Here for Details

Wolvey's Award winning Wetland:
The  2012 Rugby in Bloom competition saw Wolvey Old Cricket Field Wetland Reserve win GOLD and were awarded Overall Winner in the Environmental Category. In the 2011 competition the Wetland Reserve were awarded a Gold in the Environmental Category. In 2010 the reserve won Rugby in Bloom Gold & Overall Winner in the Environmental category and in 2009 Wolvey Wetland Reserve won the Environmental Projects section of the Warwickshire Best Village of the Year Competition plus Gold in the 2009 Rugby in Bloom Environment section.

For details of  the Best Village Competitions and Rugby in Bloom Awards: Click Here

Wonderful Wetlands
Wetland habitat such as this in increasingly rare and therefore environmental groups such as Warwickshire Wildlife Trust are keen to assist in the management of the reserve.

For a brief description of the make up of Wolvey Wetland by Louise Sutherland former Wetland Project Officer, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust: Click here

The Wetland Wildlife
Snipe have been spotted on the wetland, newts are present, robins and wrens fly up to greet you as you walk down the boardwalk. There is also a resident woodpecker and a barn owl is often seen at dusk. In the snow, fox tracks were visible on the boardwalk treads, as well as many bird and fowl tracks, which tells a tale of much activity there, super to see.

Snipe
For more information on Snipe: Click Here

Wolvey Wetland Reserve Bird Log:
A log of species spotted on the reserve between 2008 - 2014 has been compiled by Andrew Dixon -
To View or Download Log: Click Here

Water Vole
Water Vole have colonised the banks of various water courses in and around Wolvey. Water voles are on the ‘at risk’ list so we are very lucky to have them in the area… please respect them. They are legally protected and it is an offence to disturb their habitat. For more information on Water Vole: Click Here

Providing Habitats
Habitat such as Wolvey Old Cricket Field Wetland Reserve are increasingly rare and therefore environmental groups such as Warwickshire Wildlife Trust are keen to assist in the management of the reserve. Since its creation Wolvey Environmental Group has provided a variety of habitats both for fauna and flora, from bat and owl boxes to a Mini-beast mansion in the woodland walk.

To view some of the habitats the group has created: Click Here

See also Wolvey Environmental Group - Wildlife Based Information and Downloads: Click Here For Details

The Woodland Walk

The Wetland also boasts a small 60m section of woodland accessed via the Boardwalk Extension and an Old Cattle Bridge, it is bordered by a stream on the Wetland side and a meadow on the other.

For views and more information on the Woodland Walk: Click Here:

The Boardwalk:

During the autumn of 2008 The Wolvey Environmental Group (& Friends) built a 198 metre boardwalk across the Wetland allowing access through the site for everyone. The boardwalk was built entirely of recycled plastic materials supplied by SECURE-A-FIELD of Coventry, designed & constructed by the Wolvey Environmental Group and local volunteers. The construction of the original boardwalk was made possible by the award of grants of £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, £10,000 from the Rugby Rural Development Fund and an additional £5000 from Wolvey Parish Council.

In 2009, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and the Warwickshire Rural Community Council (WRCC) awarded £3762 for volunteers  to construct an extension of the boardwalk to allow improved access over a stream via an old cattle bridge to the woodland walk.

Views of the Boardwalk
For views of the Boardwalk from South to North and North to South. Click Here:

Building The Boardwalk
Views of the boardwalk construction which gives an indication of the adverse conditions the group had to overcome during the build: Click Here:

Repairing & Stabilising the Boardwalk
In June 2015, following the 10 month closure of the Wetland, Wolvey Environmental Group members and friends took on the major task of repairing and stabilising the Boardwalk at the reserve. Click Here

The Boardwalk Extension: 

An extension of the boardwalk was completed in 2009 to allow improved access over a stream via an old cattle bridge to the woodland walk.

In 2009 Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and the Warwickshire Rural Community Council (WRCC) announced a grant award to Wolvey Parish Council for community benefit under the COMMA fund the Community Aggregates Fund
to construct an extension of the boardwalk.
 
The Parish Council is grateful to these organisations for making it possible to improve access through the site, so everyone can enjoy the natural environment of the reserve. The grants allowed the purchase the materials but all the labour and skill to construct the boardwalk came from a keen group of local volunteers.
For more pictures of the Boardwalk Extension:
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Repairing & Stabilising the Boardwalk Extension
Following the repairing and stabilising the main boardwalk at the reserve, members of Wolvey Environmental Group repaired and stabilised the boardwalk Spur. Click Here

Signage Boards  
Original Signage Boards were redesigned and renewed in 2006, New Main Signs and Notice Boards were installed in 2009 and the internal Pictorial Nature Boards were updated for 2016/17. For views of current signage: Click Here:

The Wicker Sculptures
There Playing Cricket on the Old Cricket field Again: Click Here:

Managing and Maintaining the Wetland Reserve:
The all important management plan and working document for the reserve has been agreed by Wolvey Parish Council. This is great for reference when advice is needed. Members of our group also attend various workshops at Brandon Marsh Nature Centre to widen our knowledge of reptiles, insects and all things flora and fauna.

Birds and plant life has been surveyed, log pile habitats created including an eco - log table and mini - beast mansion, plus owl and bat boxes have been constructed and are now in situ. Also many plants, birds, animals and insects have been photographed and recorded for future reference.

Wetland Projects and Working Parties
A great deal of work has already been done by the group's working parties, ongoing maintenance  includes repairing and repainting the fences, reed bed reduction, tree management, grass cutting etc. Clearing and tidying continues inside the reserve.

Projects for 2016
Building a bridge and new pathway (with grass grids) from the woodland walk back to the main seating area - Achieved December 2016.
Review and replace Internal signage at the wetland - Ongoing, est. Spring/summer 2017.

Repair sections of Fence between Woodland Walk and Meadow - Achieved

Projects Completed 2013/15
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Projects Completed 2012/13

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Projects Completed 2011/12
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Projects Completed 2010/11
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Projects Completed 2009/10
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Major Projects Completed in 2009:

Boardwalk Extension:
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New Signage: Click here
They're Playing Cricket again at the Wetland! Click here
Major Projects Completed in 2008:

Construction of the Boardwalk
: Click here

See also Wolvey Environmental Group's Wildlife based Information and Downloads: Click Here for Details

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