Wildlife and Conservation

The Museum Grounds and Wildlife Areas

Wildlife In the days when the museum was a working pumping station, the grounds were mainly laid to lawn, with large formal shrub beds and specimen trees. Maintenance was by full-time gardeners employed by the water company.

When the site fell into disuse in the 1960’s maintenance ceased and the grounds became overgrown, to the extent that even the roads around the main building could not be seen. When the Museum of Power came to Langford in 1996 some initial clearance work was done.

The shrub beds and lawns were rediscovered and the roads revealed again for the first time in over three decades. Today the gardens and grounds are maintained by a team of volunteers.

We have taken advice from the Essex Wildlife Trust and with their help have identified numerous native varieties of wild flowers in these areas. In addition, a bird survey has also been carried out that suggests that the Museum is host to regular visits from over 70 bird species and that many, including kingfishers, goldcrests, sparrow hawks and green woodpeckers nest on the site.

Dragonfly The River Blackwater that flows through the grounds of the museum is home to a number of types of freshwater fish including dace, roach, chub, pike, carp and the recently reintroduced brown trout. Other ‘visitors’ to the grounds and the river include the water otter.

Work and interpretation continues, with clear paths and picnic areas being created in the wildlife areas so that visitors are encouraged to explore and enjoy them.


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