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York­shire Wildlife Trust’s Sprot­brough Flash Na­ture Re­serve has un­der­gone im­prove­ments for wildlife and peo­ple, thanks to the Ground­work ‘Tesco Bags of Help’ scheme, which pro­vides grants for com­mu­nity projects from money raised from shop­pers buy­ing 5p bags. Over the years, the habi­tat on the flash has ma­tured from mud to reedbed and in some ar­eas to Wil­low Carr. Now reedbed and wil­low has been re­moved on small parts of the flash, al­low­ing birds that like open, muddy lakes to thrive. The work has seen re­sults al­ready; a Grey Wag­tail has been spot­ted search­ing for food on the mud, a species not seen for more than two years on site. It is hoped waders will also re­turn. A view­ing screen has also been in­stalled, pro­vid­ing views of the lake, and an Osprey plat­form has also been erected. Jim Hors­fall, York­shire Wildlife Trust Re­serves Of­fi­cer, said: “Money from the scheme has en­abled us to do some re­ally ex­cit­ing things at Sprot­brough. Birds not seen for years are re­turn­ing, and we will soon be putting out a tern raft, in good time for terns to come and nest on. The raft will help pre­vent pre­da­tion of tern eggs and young by badgers and foxes. It also al­lows a dif­fer­ent sur­face for the birds to nest on.”

Sprot­bor­ough Flash con­sists of 28 hectares of var­ied habi­tat, from wood­land to wetland

Com­mu­nity groups can get grants of up to £5,000 from the Bags of Help scheme

Grey Wag­tail Sprot­brough Flash Na­ture Re­serve

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