Three of our nature sites have officially been given the title of ‘Local Nature Reserve’ (LNR) over the past few weeks!
To qualify for LNR status a site must be of importance for wildlife or geology, and can play an important part in education or public enjoyment.
Hucknall Road Linear Walkway and the combined area of Springfield Corner with Moorbridge Pond formed the first two proposed LNRs that were recognised. These sites form a network that links with other nature reserves and green spaces across Bulwell and Bestwood towards the city centre.
Wildlife in the City project worker, Lucy Wallington, said she was delighted to see the areas receive special acknowledgement.
She said: “I am really excited to see that these important sites are getting the recognition they deserve. It now means that the areas will get the attention they deserve and we here at Wildlife in the City look forward to carrying on our vital work across all these sites.”
Moorbridge Pond is a wetland nature reserve that is a haven for the common frog, newts and common toads, as well as many birds who like the mix of scrub that surrounds the pond. While a walk around the path, through Springfield Corner will take you through both woodland and wildflower areas and down to the River Leen.
Hucknall Road Linear Walkway, meanwhile, is both a woodland walk for commuters and a wildlife corridor for birds, small mammals and other creatures.
The third site that has gained nature Local Nature Reserve status is Sandy Banks. This site was once part of Sherwood Forest, a green valley that sits in the heart of Bestwood with exposed sandstone and dry acid grassland; a nationally rare habitat.
This is great news for all the sites involved as habitat improvement, maintenance and interpretation will be important features, with many of our volunteers and local residents closely involved.