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CCNW was commissioned by Chester Zoo’s conservation & science team to carry out reed bed management and ditch enhancement works within a site located within the Chester Zoo nature recovery corridor adjacent the main zoo area. 

The site used to be grazed but has succeeded into reed bed over the past 10 years. The reed bed is bounded by the Shropshire Union Canal towpath to the north, and a field boundary hedgerow to the south. 

The reed bed had been left for ten years or more and was overgrown with willow scrub, willow herb, and reed-sweet grass, which was encroaching and suffocating the reed bed. If left untreated it would revert back into scrub and would eventually dry out. 

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