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Borwickfishing and The Environment

Once the 30 acre gravel pit had served its purpose providing material for the construction of the M6 motorway, it was left derelict for almost half a century with few activities other than grazing sheep and a little wildfowl shooting. During this time the lake became an important over-wintering site for wildfowl like many other flooded workings in the area.

The site was accordingly identified as a Biological Heritage Site, one tier below a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The development of the Borwickfishing site has been carefully planned to preserve important wildlife features, which include the over-wintering of wildfowl and the breeding of Tufted Ducks and Lapwings on the adjoining meadow. Frogs and Common Newts have been introduced to the site.

Borwickfishing is now visited by a variety of birds such as Swans; Oyster Catchers; Greylag Geese; Little Ringed Plover; Mallard; Great Crested Grebes; Buzzards; Curlews and Black-Headed Gulls. Several of these breed on site and very occasionally visitors have included Ospreys on migration, Bitterns and a solitary Gannet.

The site is also home to butterflies include Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Green Veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady and Comma.