THE importance of wetlands, both as a wildlife habitat and flood plain, is being highlighted by Sussex Wildlife Trust.
Sunday, February 2, is World Wetlands Day and the trust, based at Woods Mill in Henfield, remains committed to protecting these valuable areas.
Fran Southgate, wetlands officer, explained: “After weeks of serious flooding, many people are requesting wetlands and flood plains be drained without realising this often makes flooding worse.
“Urban run-off and drainage is now responsible for over 80 per cent of our flooding issues in Sussex. Rather than causing the problem, precious wetlands help to absorb and store water and also reduce damage by slowing down floodwaters.”
This year, the theme of World Wetlands Day is Wetlands and Agriculture – Partners for Growth.
As part of Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Wetland Landscapes Project, Fran provides free advice to landowners and farmers on how best to restore and reconnect our valuable wetland resources. For more information, call Fran on 01273 492630.