During my self imposed exile from the site, due to breeding season, I was able to note that Inert had built up the land bridges (confirmed by the Inert site manager), and that they appeared to have infilled and upfilled the north half of Cormorant lake (south), heading ever eastwards.
I can confirm that this has been the case. The chalk land bridges have been raised by a foot or two.
The upfill now covers all of the former mudflats - that were very popular with wild birds - and now stops just shy of the established wetlands; which consist mainly of sedge.
First some apologies if anyone has read this post when first posted. In that initial post I expressed confusion as to why the latest upfill was much higher than the wetlands. I wondered if this meant a colossal amount of extra work to bring the wetlands to the same height as the solid ground. Err...no. Having examined the latest site plan properly I can surmise that the solid land area is higher than the wetlands (by definition, it almost has to be), and I spotted that the wetlands will be surrounded by an embankment. A hint of this banking can be seen already just south of Hawthorn lake.
Anyway, Cormorant lake (south) is effectively gone. Some fragments exists round the edges serving as drainage ditches. Oddly, the run off from the north part of the site, Manor farm proper and the Ridges, drains eastward along these ditches. They should drain westward.
Still there is lots of time for the land to be landscaped to achieve this. Further more, it might be in the plans that the drainage of this part of the site should be directed to the new Manor Lake.
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