- Water levels on the reserve are carefully controlled – held high in the winter to cover the islands and keep vegetation at bay. Levels are then slowly reduced, revealing bare ground suitable for breeding and soft mud for feeding breeding and migrant waders.
- Areas of grassland are mown annually after the breeding birds have fledged their young. The cereal field is ploughed and sown at the beginning of spring, and is provides a valuable winter feeding resource for birds as it is not harvested.
- The grazing stock on Dryham Ings maintain a good mix of sward length on the wet grassland, improving the structure to help meadow plants thrive and attract breeding birds.
YWT have a very active supporters group on the reserve who help carry out much of the day to day maintenance and habitat management there. If you are interested in being involved please contact YWT (details below).