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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Nature reserve draws in the volunteers after council cash boost

Nosterfield Nature Reserve, near Bedale, is developing a strong volunteer base, thanks to a council grant.
Volunteers planting reeds in shallow water at the Nosterfield nature reserve.
Hambleton's only designated reserve draws up to 15,000 visitors each year who enjoy the wildlife and take exercise in the attractive landscape adjoining the Thornborough Henges. It's also recognised as North Yorkshire’s premier wet grassland for birds and has received a number of major national awards.

The £2,500 district council grant has enabled Northallerton and District Voluntary Service Association to help the Lower Ure Conservation Trust to strengthen its volunteers programme on the reserve through a series of open days and workshops.

The reserve can now draw on 35 volunteers who carry out a range of tasks including recording the birds, flowers and insects, clearing unwanted vegetation and creating new habitats such as reedbeds and hedgerows.

Director and trustee Simon Warwick said: “We expect the improved volunteer-base to result in increased visitor numbers and many more people being aware of Hambletons only local nature reserve, its wildlife, surrounding landscape and local communities,”

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