Environmentalists call for Portishead to aid efforts in protecting local wildlife

PUBLISHED: 16:06 29 May 2019 | UPDATED: 16:06 29 May 2019

Jonathan Mock and David Newton were carrying out a survey at the field.

Jonathan Mock and David Newton were carrying out a survey at the field.

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Efforts to make Portishead a 'pioneering, wildlife-friendly town' will begin next month, with a call to act fast to protect the town's environment.

Volunteer-led community project Wild Portishead and Portishead Town Council will host a meeting at the Folk Hall, in High Street, on June 26 at 7.30pm - with hopes of gathering ideas and creating a plan to protect and enhance the town's nature and wildlife.

The meeting will include expert presentations and open discussions to agree a way to preserve and conserve green spaces around the town.

People hoping to get their hands dirty will also be able to learn more about volunteering opportunities available with the project, which was launched in 2018 to combat the threat of housing development to greenery in the town.

Jonathan Mock, a founding member of Wild Portishead, said: "Portishead as a town has come under enormous pressures due to rapid development in the last few years.

"Our green spaces are under threat and the more we lose the more wildlife we lose and that connection everyone should have, be it the buzz of bees or the song of a blackbird.

"With the recent national and international alarm at the threat to wildlife - and humans as a species as a consequence - it's never been more pressing to act.

"Small changes can have big positive impacts and I'd like Portishead to be seen as a pioneering, wildlife-friendly town."

The meeting was arranged after environmentalist, Chris Sperring MBE, passionately called on the town council to do more to support nature and wildlife in the town amid growing global concern for the future of many species.

Speaking at the town council's meeting in March, Mr Sperring, who is also a founding member of Wild Portishead, said: "I am a firm believer nature conservation doesn't begin by looking big.

"Actually, it's about looking local and getting people involved in looking after their environment.

"We can create our own wildlife area within the urban structure of Portishead.

"It will start to make a difference for the natural environment and it is going to have a tremendous effect on us as a species as well."

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