The well-known quote from the Kevin Costner film, Field of Dreams, “if you build it, they will come” came true this week at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s nature reserve at Langford Lakes. Who are they, you ask? In this instance, ‘they’ are the rare wood sandpiper, a Garganey and four species of waders. That’s the first time that these four species have been spotted together on the new wetland area.
The timing of the visitors could not be more serendipitous as the Trust celebrated its first decade of management of this wonderful wetlands reserve on 8 September, marking the event with the opening of the new wetland area.
Speaking on behalf of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Reserves Officer, Ashley White, said “We could not be more delighted to have encouraged such an array of migrating birds to Langford Lakes nature reserve. We would be equally as delighted to welcome visitors to see our new wetland area and celebrate 10 years of our success in this beautiful area. There will be plenty to see and activities to enjoy – whatever the weather may bring – so come down and meet the team, and our wildfowl visitors on Saturday, 8 September.”
Langford Lakes has come a long way from its days as a quarry and now includes three lakes, wetland areas and a half mile stretch of one of England’s finest chalk streams, the River Wylye. Clearly, with the recent spotting of a wood sandpiper, the work of the Trust has been very successful. Improvements over the past year include development of a 25 acre wetland, with waterways, scrapes (areas of shallow water and marshland) and trench systems and a new bird hide overlooking a newly created pool.