KIRK Smeaton’s Brockadale Nature Reserve is celebrating improvements and is inviting folk from Selby district to come and check out its new facilities.
Work undertaken to improve Brockadale (right) for wildlife has included erecting new fencing to allow the Trust to graze parts of the site.
The Trust says that conservation grazing is a superb way of increasing the diversity of plants on a site, as the livestock feed on the dominant vegetation giving the less competitive species a chance to establish.
Hedgerows have also been planted, providing ideal habitat for declining farmland birds such as yellowhammers which have seen a recent drop in numbers.
The Trust’s regional reserves manager, Ian Jelley said “We were thrilled to receive this funding from SITA Trust. Brockadale is a fantastic place but needs careful management to create the best conditions for the wildlife that lives there.
“Wildflower meadows teeming with butterflies, woodland littered with bluebells, orchids and primroses or perhaps fungi depending on the season ––all this and more can be found at Brockadale Nature Reserve. This Yorkshire Wildlife Trust site near Kirk Smeaton is a true gem for anyone who loves the countryside, and the recent completion of the Brimful of Wildlife at Brockadale project, which was funded by the SITA Trust, has made it even better!
“These improvements and others made through the project have helped to make the nature reserve even better for wildlife on site and will assist in improving the surrounding area through partnership working with local landowners.
“By increasing the species diversity and strengthening populations on the nature reserve we may help to re-colonise the surrounding landscape with species such as the marbled white butterfly, abundant on the nature reserve but less so in the once intensively farmed area around about.
“There will also be a ready available source of seeds on site, helping to re-seed external sites as they are restored.
“To celebrate the end of this successful project we would like to invite you along to the nature reserve on. Our funders from SITA will also be there, as well as management staff so you will get plenty of opportunity to see for yourself the improvements and learn more about this fantastic nature reserve.
“We hope that you will be able to join us to appreciate the scale of work and its importance to our local wildlife.”
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Thursday 20 June 2013
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