A view north across South Pool.
Attempts to drop the water level here have not been successful so far this year: too much ground water is feeding the pool. At the far end, new flag iris shoots are pushing above the water surface.
At the south end of the pool a sluice controls water outflow into the River Stour. There are three places along the marsh where water outflows into the river: the south end of the North Pond Chain, the South Pool, and at the south entrance.
We need to ensure that the South Pool area does not favour aquatic plants too much. During the nesting season we want the centre of this pool to be more like a muddy wallow with grass growing around it, so that wading birds are attracted to foraging in and around its muddy margins. It’s not easy to get the ground conditions right here.