Pool Dam Marsh, Lyme Brook

Habitat(s) to be improved Invasive species, Watercourse, Wetland

Lead Organisation Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

Site Area Lyme Brook

About The Site

Look across Pool Dam Marsh and you’ll see a place where dry land and water meet. The ground is soaked and swampy, like a giant sponge saturated with water. In this wet, squelchy ground, you’ll find wildlife that you wouldn’t expect to see in an urban area.

Birds like snipe plunge their extremely long, thin bills into the soft mud to feed on worms and insects buried deep in the ground. During the breeding season, males can be heard making an unusual ‘drumming’ sound while performing an aerial courtship display to attract a female. The sound is caused by the wind vibrating through the bird’s tail feathers.

Fergus Gill/2020 Vision


Listen out for the curious sound of snipe drumming at Pool Dam Marsh.

Why Pool Dam Marsh is special – and how we’re helping to protect it

Wetlands, like Pool Dam Marsh, are very precious and need to be conserved. Around the world, we have lost 90 per cent of our wetlands. Pool Dam Marsh is one of the survivors – but it needs to be looked after or we’ll lose it.

This wetland habitat is a master multi-tasker. As well as being home to a variety of wildlife, the wetland here stores and filters water, protecting nearby homes from flooding and filtering out pollutants. It absorbs and locks in carbon from the atmosphere, helping tackle climate change.

Over the years, water-hungry shrubs and trees have grown here and are causing Pool Dam Marsh to dry out and lose its special qualities. In order to conserve the wetland, the ERDF SUNRISE project is removing some of these plants. We’re also improving the drainage system on the Marsh to help restore the water levels for wetland wildlife.

As the wetland recovers, we hope to see the return of wildlife such as the rare water vole, immortalized as the carefree boatsman Ratty in the famous children’s tale Wind in the Willows.

Terry Whittaker/2020 Vision


Click here to find out more about the conservation work being carried out to revitalise Pool Dam Marsh.

Did you know?

The Lyme Brook, a tributary of the River Trent, runs through Pool Dam Marsh. This area between Rotterdam and Pool Dam was important historically, as the water from the brooks was dammed to form a protective pool around the motte-and-bailey castle in the 12th century, after which the town is named.

Nature helps us too!

Spending time in a natural place is scientifically proven to make you feel happier.

As you explore Pool Dam Marsh, look around you at all the different colours, listen to the birdsong, feel the softness of the grasses in your hands.

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