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Kidderminster nature reserve to be improved
A CATTLE bridge, new fencing, wild flower areas and cattle grazing are all part of plans to revamp a Kidderminster nature reserve.
Stour Vale, next to the River Stour behind Alder Avenue, is set to return to its former glory after Wyre Forest District Council confirmed plans for the improvements.
The authority is responsible for looking after the area for the next 10 years after an agreement was made in February with the land owner.
The nature reserve covers nine hectares of land and the conservation work will involve the removal of trees.
Work is due to start next month and is expected to continue until spring, 2014.
Residents will have the chance to hear about the plans at a public meeting being held at the site on Monday, September 9, at 6.30pm.
Stour Vale is a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and is recognised by Natural England as being of national importance for its wildlife.
The council does not own the land but is working on behalf of the land owner with funding from Natural England.
Conservative councillor Ian Hardiman, cabinet member for community wellbeing, said: “It is a privilege we have a wildlife area of national significance in our district.
“It is vital we keep it up to SSSI standards so our future generations can enjoy this land.
“For a while, the nature reserve will look untidy when the work starts but by the end of the project it will look beautiful.
“Please come to the public meeting in September and hear all about our plans and give ideas and suggestions for the project.”
For more information or to find out more about the plans for Stour Vale, the district council’s countryside conservation staff can be contacted by calling 01562 732971.
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