Wetland wonder Reserve will be even better thanks to cash boost
ANATURE reserve in Gloucestershire that hosts thousands of native and migratory birds is set to benefit from thousands of pounds in new funding to improve the site.
Coombe Hill Nature Reserve, near Tewkesbury, will benefit from new ‘islands’ that will promote breeding among wading birds.
The ‘stunning’ site is home to native birds throughout the year and to thousands of birds that migrate from other parts of the world, some of which are endangered.
The improvements will be carried out by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers.
Head of land management at the trust, Adam Taylor, said: “The wetland nature reserves of the Severn Vale are already fantastic places for wildlife. This funding from Biffa Award and our other supporters will help secure the future of these vital habitats for a wide range of species.”
The project has been made possible because of £74,000 from Biffa Award, £12,500 from Smith’s (Gloucester) Ltd and £2,500 from The Andrew Harris Charitable Trust.
The other nature reserves to benefit from the project are Ashleworth Ham, Mythe, Chaceley and Small.
Coombe Hill provides an important habitat for a variety of birds. These include waders such as lapwings, redshanks and oystercatchers, and wildfowl such as wigeons, teal and pintails.
The site is also important for many other species, including otters and brown hares, which are protected by law.
In all, more than 1,700 species have been recorded at the reserve.
Head of grants at Biffa Awards, Gillian French, said: “The benefits to this project are twofold. A huge range of species are going to have an improved habitat to live and feed while visitors to the reserve are going to have more opportunities to see more wonderful wildlife. We can’t wait to see the improved wetland area complete.”
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is a charity that manages 60 nature reserves around the county and encourages people to get closer to nature.
Coombe Hill Nature Reserve is open to visitors seven days a week, 365 days a year and entry is free.
Biffa Award is a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.
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Coombe Hill Nature Reserve will be improved with new funding