£42k tower for Shipley nature reserve

Brown hares, whitethroats and willow warblers are some of the creatures visitors will soon be able to spot inside a Shipley nature reserve once an observation tower is built.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has received a £41,964 grant for the scheme, which also includes a network of paths through the grasslands, wetlands and woodlands of 182-acre Woodside Nature Reserve.

The trust’s conservation farming officer Matt Johnson, who looks after the reserve, said: “We will also be adding bike and horse tethering racks to make it easy for people to reach the reserve by a variety of means.

“We want everyone to come and experience what Woodside has to offer. We’re also about to start working with local artists on environmental sculptures which will hopefully make a great feature.”

The funding has come from Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN) and FCC Environment to the Landfill Communities Fund.