Soggy summer helps wildlife

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WET weather over the summer has helped wildlife at a South Yorkshire habitat.

Centenary Riverside nature reserve in Rotherham was once the site of an industrial steelworks.

The site is now managed by the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham to act as a flood plain and help protect Rotherham from serious flooding by the River Don.

The site has flooded four times this year meaning ground-nesting wetland birds have struggled there, but the wetland plants have thrived.

The site is now awash with 30 species of coloured wildflowers and 10 types of grass.

And discovery of a healthy small mammals, including wood mice, shrews and bank voles proved an ‘unexpected bonus’.