Nature reserve re-opens after improvements

PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 April 2015

Wessex Water Bleadon Levels nature reserve family fun day, Ian, Jess, Willow and Rowan.

Wessex Water Bleadon Levels nature reserve family fun day, Ian, Jess, Willow and Rowan.

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THE official reopening of a new and improved nature reserve was a big success, with about 300 people attending the launch day.

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The Bleadon Levels nature reserve hosted an Easter egg hunt on Friday, along with a range of other activities such as birdbox-making.

Visitors tried to spot the different wildlife living there while checking out the two new bird hides.

Wessex Water owns the site, which also features an education centre at the nearby sewage treatment works.

The company’s ecologist Mark Doughty said: “We were overwhelmed with the brilliant response we had for this open day, the feedback from customers was great too.

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“The aim of the open day was to simply let local people know that the reserve is there for them to enjoy, whether it be for a walk and a picnic with their children or to do a spot of birdwatching over the lagoon.”

The reserve also has a long sea wall path that visitors can walk along that leads to Uphill, as well as 19 hectares of salt marsh and tidal creek habitat and a further eight hectares of grassland and reed beds, home to many birds, insects, otters and water voles.

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