Nature reserve opens in Portishead

A MAGNIFICENT new nature reserve in Portishead is now complete and will be open to the public later this Spring.

A MAGNIFICENT new nature reserve in Portishead is now complete and will be open to the public later this Spring.

The area should soon be put in the care of Avon Wildlife Trust, which has been involved since the beginning of this ambitious wildlife project, offering its expertise and advice.

Work on the 100 acre site was carried out by Landmark Environmental Consultants and funded by Persimmon Special Projects Western.

It stretches from the Severn Estuary foreshore to Sheepway on the outskirts of Portishead and is already home to newts, slow worms, badgers, owls, and wading birds.


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Wetlands have been created which are starting to attract some of the target species like little ringed plovers, teal, snip and redshank.

Trust spokesman, Tim McGrath, who will maintain the area, said: "Talks are in the final stages for a handing over and we are looking forward to being entrusted with this site.

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"We are committed to ensuring this area remains a safe haven for wildlife and an important open space for visitors and the people of Portishead to enjoy."

A circular walk will take visitors through the nature reserve allowing them to experience the beauty and access details for the reserve will be announced shortly. Avon Wildlife Trust has in-depth experience of the area and already manages many popular nature reserves throughout the Gordano Valley.

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