Teversal beauty spot receives funding boost

TEVERSAL Pastures Nature Reserve has been given a facelift after receiving a funding boost of more than £16,500.

A host of much-needed improvement works have been carried out at the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust reserve thanks to the grant from the SITA Trust.

This popular grassland site is one of a diminishing number of places where visitors can enjoy a variety of wild flowers in spring.

The improvements carried out include the careful restoration of over 250m of hedgerow, which provides vital habitat for birds and other wildlife on the reserve, and the installation of new fencing that will enable the Wildlife Trust’s flock of Hebridean sheep to graze the land.

This flock is the world’s largest, with over 500 animals, and they will now visit Teversal Pastures regularly.

By naturally munching their way through seedlings and tough vegetation, the sheep will help delicate wildflowers and grasses to prosper.

The improvements have also included the installation of nest boxes to attract bats and owls, as well as new interpretation panels telling visitors more about the reserve.

Erin McDaid, from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, said that thanks to the work carried out this year, there has never been a better time to discover this hidden gem.

He said: “This funding has made Teversal Pastures much better for both wildlife and people. The new signage has made it easier to navigate, as well as providing tips to visitors on what to look out for.

“Now is a great time to come and look around and see the improvements that have been made – and later this year we hope that visitors will be lucky enough to enjoy a whole host of the beautiful wild flowers that we are striving to protect.”

Jools Granville, of SITA Trust, added: “We’re delighted to have been able to act as funding partner in such a fantastic project.

“In order to conserve our precious rare habitat it’s important for us to understand and love it – and we look forward to seeing people enjoying this beautiful habitat for years to come.”

SITA Trust provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is available for projects that enhance communities and enrich nature.

To find out more about Teversal Pastures, or any of the other 70 reserves cared for by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust across the county, visit www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org.