18 Sep 2008
The Wollaston to Earls Barton Wetlands Wilderness is an exciting project to make optimal use of former aggregate extraction lakes that are proposed to become part of the Nene Valley Special Protection Area (SPA) for wildfowl. 142 ha of new green space will opened up promoting the links from Wellingborough, Earls Barton, Great Doddington, Wollaston, Irchester, Grendon and Northampton into the Nene Valley.
A series of moorings and canoe launch sites have been created or upgraded along the River Nene and the management and development of the area is being planned through partnership work with the Wildlife Trust in developing a 'Vision for the Valley' and landscape scale biodiversity enhancement project. This has been incorporated in the Grant Scheme Projects, which is being carried out by RNRP and partners to develop a shared vision for sustainable land use in the Nene Valley. This covers the whole of the Nene Valley, including the Wetland Wilderness project area.
The project is a collaboration between a private sector investor and local land owner, along with a broad partnership of River Nene Regional Park stakeholders, including English Nature, the Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency and the Forestry Commission.