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Community rallies to help support access improvements at Trent Vale Nature Reserve

Thursday 25th August

Community rallies to help support access improvements at Trent Vale Nature Reserve

Thanks to a grant via the WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, match funding from landowners Tarmac, Lincolnshire Co-op, Nottinghamshire County Councillor Maureen Dobson, Newark Castle Rotary Club and Gusto Construction, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has been able to improve accessibility to the Mons Pool area of the reserve and enhance wildlife watching facilities across the reserve. The grant enabled us to create 300metres of news surfaced paths, install three new wheelchair accessible kissing gates operated by RADAR key and create a brand new wheelchair accessible covered hide with seating.

The project has also had tremendous support form a range of volunteers including local architect David Dakin who designed the new accessible hide.

Speaking about the project Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Head of Communications Erin McDaid said: “Besthorpe Nature Reserve sits in the heart of Trent Vale and is a wonderful place to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and a great spot to see a wide range of birds. However, only a small area of the reserve was accessible for wheelchair and scooter users or those with limited mobility. Now, thanks to the support of WREN, our other funders and host of local volunteers, the area around Mons Pool is much more accessible and welcoming and wildlife watching facilities across the reserve have been improved.”Stagg

Staff, volunteers and supporters gathered recently to official open the covered hide and to view the access improvements.

Cheryl Raynor, WREN’s grant manager for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, said: “It’s wonderful to see something we have funded finally open and ready to make a difference locally. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”

Sitting alongside the River Trent in the heart of Trent Vale, Besthorpe Nature Reserve is a great example of how former industrial sites can have a new lease of life as havens for wildlife. Part of a major gravel extraction site, the reserve is now a mix of open water with islands, reedbeds, shingle and valuable wet grassland attracting a wide range of wildlife. Breeding birds include reed and sedge warblers and little egret. Other birds, such as kingfisher are frequently seen. Wild flowers include common cudweed, kidney vetch and orchids. In spring and summer, butterflies, including brown argus can be enjoyed.

The reserve is also home to an inland colony of cormorants and one of the largest and most important heronries in Nottinghamshire.

Mr McDaid added: “We are determined to make our nature reserves as welcoming as possible for visitors whilst protecting their value for wildlife. With the support of funders our funders the backing of the local community we can open up our sites and help inspire people about the wonders of the natural world.”

For further details about the reserve including directions click here

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