The Trust has recently entered into an agreement with Tarmac for the creation and management of a large, new community nature reserve between Maxey and Etton.
The agreement means that Tarmac and Langdyke will be working together to develop the fifty acre reserve to the west of the Etton-Maxey which was formerly part of the extraction area of Maxey Quarry. Over the next few years it will be converted into a mosaic of open water, reed-bed, wet woodland and grassland with public access by permit along a nature trail with hides.
The restoration of the land is carried out in line with Tarmac’s planning obligations with Peterborough City Council. Tarmac has already created a network of small reed beds and pools with thousands of trees planted to create the wet woodland areas.
And the site is already an exciting home to breeding birds and insects with many wildflowers colonising its grassy banks.
Tarmac has now joined forces with the Langdyke Countryside Trust to complete the restoration of the site and to take forward its on-going management. This will include installing a small car park with visitor trails leading to new hides. The reserve will be fenced so it can be grazed by sheep and cattle but will have fully accessible access gates for authorised persons only.
Access to the site will be by a permit scheme only, administered by the Trust. This is essential as the site is part of a working quarry and Tarmac and Langdyke have to ensure that health and safety rules are in place and observed and that consideration is given to the operational needs for Tarmac to comply with its planning obligations as controlled by Peterborough City Council.
Dogs will be welcome, but should be on a lead at all times.