Popular beauty spots Straws Bridge at West Hallam and the Manor Flood area at Ilkeston have been declared as local nature reserves.
Erewash Borough Council approved the new status last week in a move to protect the wildlife habitats and natural features of the sites and to meet the wider commitment to provide ‘green’ environments for everyone to enjoy and where they can learn about nature.
The two sites are part of a green corridor following the line of the Nutbrook Trail and the council has worked with local partners to enhance the biodiversity of the areas and to improve the footpaths which are linked to the Trail to offer access to wildlife and heritage features along the route.
The local Friends of Straws Bridge Group has also raised funds to improve habitats, while Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has worked alongside the council and considers both areas important for wildlife and home to both common and rare plants and animals.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “It is vitally important that we protect important sites like these to ensure the habitats, natural features and the wildlife can thrive. By declaring them as local nature reserves we can be confident that local people and visitors to the borough can continue to enjoy these valuable areas – which offer great learning opportunities as well.”
The council also approved a new 18-month lease for the local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) to continue to be based at the Albion Centre in Ilkeston. The new 18-month lease is to run until December 2016.