Ifield Mill Pond dam upgrade work begins

Ifield Mill Pond The Mill Pond is home to birds including coots, moorhens, the great crested grebe, and reed bunting

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Work is set to start on replacing a dam at a Sussex lake.

The 18-month project at the Mill Pond in Ifield will see a new dam being built, improved footpaths and boardwalks and a new car park.

Trees have already been removed around the Mill Pond and building work is due to start later. The project is expected to cost about £7.5 million.

In 2011, more than 500 residents responded to Crawley Borough Council's consultation on the improvements.

Almost 90% were in favour of the work being carried out, the council said.

The Mill Pond is home to birds including coots, moorhens, the great crested grebe, and reed bunting.

Other wildlife includes frogs, toads, newts, damselflies and dragonflies, and plants to be seen there include the greater reed-mace, the true bulrush, yellow iris and water mint.

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