Meadow safeguarded by trust

PUBLISHED: 17:07 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

AN AREA of Nailsea land home to many rare species of animals and plants has been safeguarded by a group of volunteers.

AN AREA of Nailsea land home to many rare species of animals and plants has been safeguarded by a group of volunteers.

Nailsea Environment and Wildlife Trust (NEWT) has bought six acres of meadow at Moorend Spout, lying halfway between Nailsea and Tickenham, where otters, herons and kingfishers are known to frequent.

Using money from the Landfill Communities Fund, North Somerset Council and Nailsea Town Council, the group has managed to acquire the site after more than a year of hard work.

The trust was formed in July 2008 to buy land with a high wildlife value and this is the first purchase it has made.

The site, which lies between the Land Yeo and Middle Yeo rivers, is mostly wet meadow with many springs and a waterfall.

It incorporates part of the Tickenham and Nailsea Moors Site of Special Scientific Interest and there is a cluster of Alder and Willow trees with a small pond below.

Trust chairman Terry Smith said: "It is a rare habitat and has now been preserved for the future.

"There's not much of this wetland left now and this area is very rich in wildlife and plants."

Some of the primary work trust volunteers will carry out includes clearing brambles to encourage orchids to return, to make the pond deeper and removing some trees that are not Willow.

Once some of this is carried out it is hoped that schoolchildren in Nailsea and Tickenham could visit to learn about natural history and enjoy the outdoors.

Later this year, NEWT members also hope to hold open days and conducted tours of the site.

Anyone interested in helping the trust in its work should call Terry Smith on 01275 854317, Hilary West on 853079 or Ian Chambers on 463315.

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