Countryside campaigners celebrate new nature reserve status for Straw’s Bridge

Celebrations to mark Straw's Bridge becoming an official nature reserve, pictured is Coun Mike Wallis far right with members of the Friends of Straw's Bridge group and representatives from Erewash Borough Council
Celebrations to mark Straw's Bridge becoming an official nature reserve, pictured is Coun Mike Wallis far right with members of the Friends of Straw's Bridge group and representatives from Erewash Borough Council

Countryside campaigners have celebrated the launch of a popular Ilkeston wildlife spot as an official local nature reserve.

Straw’s Bridge has been granted the new status by Erewash Borough Council, along with the town’s Manor Flood area.

The authority has worked closely with community group Friends of Straw’s Bridge to introduce a range of improvements, with volunteers raising funds to help improve the habitats.

Cllr Mike Wallis, the authority’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, joined members last Thursday to celebrate the new status and mark the launch of new ‘welcome’ signs and information boards.

Straw’s Bridge features three ponds surrounded by woodland, scrub, meadow and wetland, and is a haven for wildlife.