Three new floating islands have been added to Stowe Pool in a bid to boost biodiversity.

The new floating islands being taken out on Stowe Pool

The additions bring the total to six, with Lichfield District Council’s parks team towing them into the water this week.

The floating islands allow roots to grow, with plants chosen to benefit native animals such as white-clawed crayfish.

Cllr Iain Eadie, cabinet member responsible for parks, said:

“I am delighted to see the new living islands in place at Stowe Pool. 

“They will offer a safe haven for birds to nest, a point of interest for visitors to birdwatch, and will boost biodiversity in the area and be good for the environment. 

“I’d like to thank our parks and ecology teams, as well as Lichfield Historic Parks Friends Group, who’ve worked with us on this project.”

Cllr Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council

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  1. Last time I walked around Stowe pool a pair of cormorants were in residence on one of the islands really pleasing the fish

  2. Luxury retirement living for over 55’s with an end of life option of a Viking burial, easily get about 200 floating islands on Stowe pool with “Exclusive” options on Minster pool, located in easy paddling distance of empty retail space!

  3. How long before there’s a Gypsy encampment on them ? With our local police giving directions ?

  4. @ML – the cormorants visit every year and normally have a go at raising their young on the island which was already there. I expect the startlingly large carp of Stowe Pool are hoping that the heron which haunts Minster Pool doesn’t decide to relocate!

  5. In reply to Simon. A stainless steel wire mesh container filled with stones is attached to the island with a rotproof rope , which is then lowered to the bottom of the Pool, thus preventing the island from drifting more than a few feet.

  6. Good start, now maybe stop mowing all the grass and wild flowers around the edge during nesting season

  7. @ML….. Curborough fishing lakes had complaints that few fish were being caught. The lakes had been well stocked so they were perplexed to know why. It transpired that cormorants were flying over from the continent and polishing off the fish. They are voracious eaters and expert fishers. Not the birds to encourage in pools the size of Stow or Minster.

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