A new wetland makes its debut this week. Back in July, work started on a new coastal lagoon in Suffolk, in the style of a newly created site we had seen in The Netherlands. Utopia on the island of Texel came to Hollesley in Suffolk and we now have Holl-utopia. After the moving around of 16,000 m3 of soils and the installation of two sluices on the 18 ha site, water was allowed onto the site last weekend. A day later, the first good bird, a Glossy Ibis, turned up.
Holl-utopia is a shallow lagoon with a high percentage of islands; some grassy, some bare, some covered in sand or gravel. The objective is to attract breeding waders, such as Avocet, Ringed Plover and Redshank, hopefully breeding terns, and certainly passage and roosting waders. Water levels will drop during the spring and summer to expose extensive muddy areas. An electric anti-predator fence around the margin will keep the local foxes as mere spectators.