Erewash Meadows project to help wildlife

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Work has begun on a project to support wildlife at a nature reserve.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Bovine Benefits project has started at Erewash Meadows, which is an important habitat for both plants and animals.

The first stage of the project is to install livestock-handling corral and fencing. The improvements will allow the trust to manage the cattle grazing on the reserve, resulting in multi–length grasses for birds to find refuge and build nests in. Wildflower seeds will also be able to germinate more easily, ensuring insects will prosper on the reserve.

The project will run in several stages throughout 2015 and has been funded by a £15,354 grant from The Veolia Environmental Trust, awarded through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Reserves officer Kate Lemon, who is co–ordinating the project, said: “The funding from The Veolia Environmental Trust is enabling us to safeguard Erewash Meadows as a haven for many of our vulnerable birds.

“Species such as ringed plover and skylark are no longer common in our countryside.

“We want to encourage these species to breed and improving the floodplain grazing marsh will help the birds find food and nest here.”

Paul Taylor, executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, added: “We support community and environmental projects across the UK and since 1998 we have awarded over £3.9 million in grants in Derbyshire.

“It is great to hear about the start of this important project, which will benefit wildlife and in turn the people who visit the reserve.”