Reedbeds are natural habitats existing in flood plains, waterlogged depressions and estuaries. Reedbeds can be planted as a means of pollutant removal from grey water (wastewater from domestic activities). However, as reedbeds age a layer of silt from water-immersion builds up, eventually causing it to rise above water level. This in turn gives a chance for scrub or young trees to grow; therefore, it is necessary to manage reedbeds.

A number of animals have been seen living in and around reedbeds. These include Eurasion otter, European Beaver, water vole, Eurasian harvest mouse and water shrew. Birds have also been seen utilising reedbed habitats; such species include Great Bittern, Purple Heron, European Spoonbill, Water Rail, Purple Gallinule, Marsh Harrier, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, other Warblers, Bearded Reedling and Reed Bunting.

Our experienced team can plant and/or manage your reedbed, with previous project experience of a range of scales. Find out how we can help you by calling us on 01228 711841 or email

Updated April 2017