Fight on to protect wildlife in Portishead and stop ‘decimation’ of species

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 August 2018

Jonathan Mock (left) feels the town's natural assets need protecting.

Jonathan Mock (left) feels the town's natural assets need protecting.

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A project to save wildlife has been launched to combat the ‘increasing threat’ to green spaces in Portishead.

Wild Portishead has been set up in response to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ State of Nature Report.

The 2016 document used data from dozens of organisations to determine the welfare of wildlife, and Wild Portishead organisers Jonathan Mock and Chris Sperring want to help stop the ‘decimation’ of species.

They said: “The report paints an alarming picture of the UK’s environment under threat, with species facing decimation and extinction unless steps are taken to reverse the decline.

“Wildlife in our town is coming under increasing threat.

“Building developments and day-to-day management decisions on our green spaces not only impact on our birds, insects, flora and fauna, but our own health and wellbeing.

“Wild Portishead is a community-led initiative to put Portishead on the map as a wildlife-friendly town, from simple steps, like residents planting more pollinating flowers and shrubs to auditing and protecting the remaining green spaces in Portishead – and even creating some new ones.

“Wild Portishead aims to cover the whole town, from the shoreline of Redcliffe Bay to the village of North Weston, the Lake Grounds, marina, Old Mill Road and our High Street.”

Phase one of the project will see a full audit carried out of green spaces in Portishead. The community is being asked to get involved by helping to earmark land to ‘protect’, submit photos and report on wildlife they spot.

Jonathan and Chris added: “We are seeking help in identifying spaces – they can be fields, parks, verges, even a scrap of green by a road junction – so we can build up a full picture of what we have and what can be protected, preserved and conserved.

“A small patch of ground with a selection of the right pollinating plants can do the equivalent good of several gardens.

“Planting more hedges provides cover and nesting sites for birds.

“Even the most sterile street can be home to a bat box and bring wildlife to you rather than just on your TV.”

Portishead Town Council’s recreation and works committee will discuss green spaces tonight (Wednesday) at the Folk Hall at 7.30pm.

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