Flood-ravaged site now a thriving nature reserve

The wetland
The wetland
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A WETLAND nature reserve has been created in an area devastated by the 2007 floods - which is now thriving with wildlife.

Wildscapes, run by Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trusts, is looking after the Templeborough site, a water storage area created as part of flood defence work on the River Don.

Water is held back to flow gradually into the river, making it less likely to flood.

The wetland is now an award-winning nature reserve and visitor attraction.

Belinda Wiggs, senior ecologist for Wildscapes, said: “The wetland is now rich with wildlife and is such a beautiful, calm, and pleasing place to come and relax in all weathers - but when you see all this water here you realise why the Don flooded four years ago and caused so many problems.”

Flood defences in the area now protect more than 30 hectares of flood plain, safeguarding 70 businesses and enCabling new developments to take place which would have been restricted.