There are pleasant walkways past eight ponds, with picnic areas and bird hides. Admission is free and the site is open daily, with access up to dusk in the summer. Thousands of native trees have been planted to provide food and cover for many of the birds and other wildlife. The large areas of Common Reed are one of the most valuable habitats in the park attracting specialized insects and birds.
In 2002, 138 species of birds were identified in the park, with 48 species nesting. A new island has been created together with specialized areas to attract wading birds. The area of wetlands will hopefully encourage the increase of the small number of endangered water voles still in the Barton area and perhaps the Otter, now making a slow recovery in North Lincolnshire after a long absence. The country park is being designated a Local Nature Reserve.
The southern half was opened to the public in April 2001 and the northern half in April 2003. The finished country park will have a fully equipped visitors center overlooking the River Humber where the emphasis will be on the parks wildlife and the themes of sustainability, nature conservation and the work of John Harrison (www.harrisonclocks.co.uk) .
The visitor center will be open to the public in summer 2004. For future details ring 01652 660445 or visit their website at www.northlincs.gov.uk/watersedge to find out how the site is developing.
There is an abundance of wildlife on site including Foxes, Water Voles, Rabbits, Swans, Coots, Mallards, Graylags, Tufted Ducks, Ruddy Ducks, Little and Great Crested Grebe, Shovelers to name but a few.
This year we have had Kingfishers, Marsh Harrier, Sparrow Hawks and Osprey flying overhead, also for the second year in succession there has been the rare Bittern nesting next door, during the spring and summer we have heard the constant boom echoing across the clay pits.