Nature reserve looks ahead

PUBLISHED: 03:00 18 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:29 24 May 2010

PEOPLE in North Somerset are being given the chance to have their say on the future of a popular beauty spot. Residents are being asked to comment on a revised plan for the management of Uphill Hill Local Nature Reserve over the next five years. The draft

PEOPLE in North Somerset are being given the chance to have their say on the future of a popular beauty spot.Residents are being asked to comment on a revised plan for the management of Uphill Hill Local Nature Reserve over the next five years.The draft review includes information about work carried out during the past five years, its impact on the hill and future management of the area.North Somerset Council carried out a survey last year and found people in Uphill loved the hill and did not want it to change.Proposals for the popular site include continuing its conservation and existing grazing regime and developing the area for use by the community.Hill warden, Vinah Bell, said: "The main thing is the preservation of plants, particularly the rare species and the marine downland. The downland is slowly moving all over the hill due to the right grazing level so this needs to be continued. It's a very popular walking area and it's also known internationally so the onus is on us to improve it."The draft plan can be downloaded from the council's website at www.n-somerset.gov.uk and is also available for inspection at Weston Library, the Town Hall and Victory Hall.Comments should be made by 12noon on January 26, they can also be emailed to streetsandopenspaces@n-somerset.gov.uk.One of the area's wardens is soon leaving Weston and the council is looking for someone to take her place. Anyone interested can contact Esme Gilling on 01934 427663.

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