Bulwell spots to become nature reserves?

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THREE areas of Bulwell could soon become protected nature reserves as Nottingham City Council tries to increase the number of wildlife-friendly areas.

Hucknall Road Walkway, running from Moorbridge to Arnold Road, plus Springfield Corner and Moorbridge Pond have been put forward for special status by the authority.

They are proposed to become Local Nature Reserves (LNRs), which would be open to the public at all times and enjoy special protection to promote wildlife.

To win the status, the council will have to prove to Natural England the sites meet a set of criteria.

In a report, Eddie Curry, the council’s head of parks and open spaces, said: “The proposed sites meet the criteria specified by Natural England and an initial consultation has been carried out with them.

“Natural England is currently in support of the proposed Hucknall Road designation but has requested additional information on Moorbridge Pond which will be provided in due course.

“Before LNR designations are made further enquiries and consultations will be carried out.”

Hucknall Road Walkway is a former section of the Great Northern Railway linking Daybrook to Newstead and is part-designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation.

Moorbridge Pond is a picturesque wetland area off Bestwood Road, while Springfield Corner is a small oasis next door to it, with the sites separated by the River Leen.

Councillor Davis Trimble (Lab), Nottingham City Council’s lead member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “Designating sites as local nature reserves recognises their natural habitats, their potential to attract more wildlife and their importance for the community and for the city.

“The sites will be protected and safeguarded for the future benefit of local people, who will have constant access.”