‘Jewel in crown’ nature site holding open day for community

August 11, 2015

NATURE lovers are being given the chance to find out more about Tamworth’s newest Local Nature Reserve – and have the opportunity to get hands-on with some conservation work.

In April this year, the 61-acre Broad Meadow, off Lichfield Street, officially became Tamworth’s sixth Local Nature Reserve.

Broad Meadow sits on a small island between the two channels of the River Tame and is recognised as a Site of Biological Importance as it is a prime example of lowland meadow – a floodplain grassland habitat which is becoming increasingly rare in Staffordshire and across the UK. Broad Meadow is also one of only two sites in the county where the Snake’s Head Fritillary can be found growing wild.

To officially launch Broad Meadow as an LNR and to showcase the site to the public, Wild About Tamworth has organised a community day on Wednesday August 19, to give nature lovers the chance to learn more about Broad Meadow, find out about the exciting plans for the site and join in with some fun activities.

There will even be the opportunity to get stuck in and take part in some conservation work. Just bring along some outdoor clothing and boots and all tools will be provided.

The event runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Broad Meadow can be accessed next to the weir off Oxbridge Way. If you are using a satnav, please use the postcode B79 7YL.

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Public Health, said: “Broad Meadow is often called the jewel in the crown of Tamworth’s natural open spaces, and I am delighted that it has been officially designated as the borough’s sixth local nature reserve.”

He added: “This shows what can be achieved by teamwork and co-operation and would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard on this project.

“The work which will be carried out by Wild About Tamworth will conserve and improve this wonderful natural resource and make it even more welcoming for wildlife and visitors alike. I would encourage nature lovers of all ages to come along to this event and see for themselves what this wonderful site has to offer.”

Broad Meadow is managed under the Wild About Tamworth project – a partnership between Tamworth Borough Council and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. The project aims to make the site more accessible to people by opening it up and more valuable to wildlife by allowing the fritillaries to spread.

The awarding of Local Nature Reserve status allows Broad Meadow to be protected as a conservation area for future generations, as well as creating more opportunity for grant money to be made available for conservation works.

Wild About Tamworth is looking for volunteers to help improve Broad Meadow by carrying out a number of tasks including day-to-day habitat management, site surveys and litter picks.

Task days will take place on the second Wednesday of every month from 10.30 to 12.30, meeting at the entrance to Broad Meadow, near to the weir off Oxbridge Way. No experience is necessary and all tools are provided.

Anyone who would like more information or to get involved as a volunteer should contact Wild About Tamworth officer Shelley Pattison on 07970 067711 or email tamworth@staffs-wildlife.org.uk