Severn Waste Services help wildlife

Friday 16th February 2018

Boynes Coppice (c) Wendy CarterBoynes Coppice (c) Wendy Carter

Evesham-based firm Severn Waste Services have awarded £30,000 via the Landfill Communities Fund to help wildlife in south Worcestershire.

David Molloy (WWT) and Jim Haywood (SWS) at Nash's MeadowsThe money has been awarded to Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, the county’s largest conservation organisation, to help with essential maintenance on three of their nature reserves – Boynes Coppice and Meadow and Nash’s Meadows near Upton-upon-Severn and Tiddesley Wood on the edge of Pershore.

David Molloy, the Trust’s Conservation Officer responsible for the three reserves, explained “We’re delighted that Severn Waste Services has chosen to fund this really important work on three of our nature reserves.

“Some of the work that it’s funding may sound mundane but it’s absolutely crucial if we are to manage these beautiful sites in the best way for wildlife.

“Fencing at both Boynes and Nash’s, for example, will allow us to graze the meadows with cattle and sheep. The animals eat the coarser and quicker growing plants, which allows the more delicate wildflowers to thrive; come late spring the fields are awash with colour and alive with bees and butterflies.”

Help for wildflowers, butterflies and orchards

Boynes Coppice and Meadows are rich in wildflowers, such as green-winged orchid and adder’s-tongue fern, that support a wealth of insects. In order to maintain these species-rich meadows, the Trust needs to replace old and damaged fencing.

Nash's Meadows (c) Wendy CarterNash’s Meadows were gifted to the Trust in 2017 and are part of an important network of sites in the area. The reserve is in the early stages of restoration to wildflower-rich meadows that will include spreading fresh hay from nearby meadows in order to increase the diversity and quantity of flowers. In order for this to be effective, the funding will pay for stock-proof fencing and water troughs to allow the Trust to graze sheep on the site.

The popular Tiddesley Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is home to many species of woodland birds with wide rides (paths), coppice plots and open glades. The funding here is paying for the resurfacing of the main track through the wood to help both visitors as well as forestry vehicles that need to extract timber as part of the wood’s management. New fencing is also being erected around the orchard to protect the important collection of fruit trees there.

Severn Waste Services is the waste management partner of Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council.

Jim Haywood of Severn Waste Services commented “We are pleased that we are able to support the Trust as it carries out such vital work.”


  

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