Wet­land won­der Re­serve will be even bet­ter thanks to cash boost

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Phillip THOMP­SON

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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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Pic­ture: Michael Broome

Coombe Hill Na­ture Re­serve will be im­proved with new fund­ing

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