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A year on from our appeal to raise funds to install a discovery boardwalk and tower hide at our Catcott Nature Reserve, our Brue Valley Reserves Manager, Mark Blake, updates on progress at the site.
Somerset Wildlife Trust has restored 30 acres of former industrial peat-diggings in the Brue Valley into species-rich, wetland habitat over the last two years. Our next challenge is to secure sufficient funds to enable better visitor access to this nationally important site.
Now offering a much more attractive prospect for wildlife, we are excited to see Catcott Nature Reserve fast becoming a haven for some of the county’s most precious species of flora and fauna, including the great white egret; a species of heron more commonly found on mainland Europe than here in the UK.
We plan to improve visitor access to the reserve over the next three years through the installation of a boardwalk discovery trail and tower hide, enabling visitors to enjoy this special site without damaging its treasured wildlife habitats.
We have successfully managed to raise £30,000 in grant funding to cover half of the cost, but we still need to raise a further £30,000 to complete the project.
We are so passionate about Catcott Nature Reserve that we feel it is really important to open up visitor access to this wonderful wildlife haven. We hope that visitors to this special site will leave inspired to value and protect Somerset’s precious wildlife for future generations.
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