Clearly any habitat such as this needs management and it is this work the Trust and volunteer work party have been carrying out. In the short term it may look as though habitats have been destroyed but this is not the case and without this work the reserve would not be in a suitable condition for wildlife through the next 12 months. The particular issues around this reserve centre on the invasive reeds and willow - essentially these are 'early colonisers' whose sole intention is to populate open water, without proper management the open water would disappear and we'd be left with a swamp. Having seen the guys wading around the pool I'm surprised how shallow much of it is and it would therefore take little time for the open water to disappear.
The work on the islands has simply removed the scrub that's built up over the last year and, with one small but significant difference, is the same as work in previous years. The difference this year is that patches of cover have been intentionally left - building on the discussions with the Trust over a similar approach at LCyD. This year of course has been universally wet and hence the vegetation has grown more than normal - in particular willow scrub clear-felled in February has fully regenerated and needs to be cleared again, a pretty repetitive and thankless task.
In the post below I did question whether it would be possible to turn a couple of the islands into gravel banks for Little Ringed Plover - Rob confirmed that this was done 3 years ago by the Environment Agency who removed all the vegetation, laid a membrane and covered this with gravel. Given that this has now disappeared under vegetation again this is perhaps an approach that won't work so I'm happy to stand corrected!
Finally we discussed the reeds/rushes in front of the first hide - this is now well established (though it is only 2 years since it was fully cleared) and given that the Water Rail clearly love this environment, providing us all with opportunities to see these secretive birds, it seems sensible to me to leave this for the time being.
I hope this helps but if you have any further constructive comments I'm sure