Appeal for funds to improve popular nature reserve

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 February 2019

MP Liam Fox with members of Nailsea Environment and Wildlife Trust at Moorend Spout nature reserve.

MP Liam Fox with members of Nailsea Environment and Wildlife Trust at Moorend Spout nature reserve.

Picture: Nailsea Environment Wildlife Trust (NEWT)

Volunteers who manage a nature reserve in Nailsea are applying for funding to make a host of improvements at the site.

Nailsea Environment and Wildlife Trust (NEWT) wants to add more bird boxes, bee hotels and interpretation boards to Moor End Spout nature reserve to enable visitors to find out more about the area and its wildlife.

NEWT has been carrying out improvements to the site for the past 10 years, with help from local organisations and private donations, but it is need of extra income to pay for the latest updates.

Group trustee Ian Chambers said: “It’s a fantastic wild place on the edge of the town.

“We put in a couple of big ponds which have been incredibly successful.

“We also put in an owl box as there are lots of voles here so it’s a great hunting ground for them.

“We’ve had problems with flooding this year. About 200 years ago a tunnel was put in under the field, but it has become blocked and started to flood the field.

“We’ve had to come up with ways to drain it.

“We also want to put in interpretation boards so people can understand the site a bit more.

“We are also starting a new project next month – to create a willow tunnel over the footpath.”

NEWT needs around £2,000 to cover the cost of the different projects.

The trustees have asked Nailsea Town Council whether it would be willing to put some money towards the projects.

In a letter to the council, trustee Hilary West states: “We are now in a position where our expenses – insurance, reserve maintenance – are greater than our income and we need to seek out some further funding in order to carry on our improvement work.

“We would like to improve the Moorend Spout for visitors and wildlife alike, with such projects as more bird boxes, bee hotels, willow sculptures and interpretation boards.

“We also need to spend money on finding a solution to the current drainage problems on the meadow.

“This is likey to incur considerable expense if we have to employ contractors and machinery.”

The trust is also keen to print an information leaflet about the reserve to display in Nailsea Library to raise public awareness about the reserve.

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