As dull as ditch water? Managing ditches for wildlife
Ditches are ubiquitous features of Britain's lowland wetlands. In the past, networks of ditches have served to conduct water away from fens and marshy areas to permit the exploitation of land for agriculture. Today, however, many of our remaining wetland landscapes are being conserved and, in some places, former wetlands are being restored. In these cases, the function of ditches may be reversed: bringing water onto the site and storing it.