Local Volunteers have helped clear bramble and scrub which had been encroaching one of the traditional meadows at Leat Meadow, part of Fremington Local Nature Reserve. This joint project between Fremington Parish Council, North Devon Council and the Biosphere has meant that next summer there should be more space for wildflowers at this nature reserve. The site was recently surveyed by Devon Biodiversity Centre and the bramble encroachment was identified as having a negative effect on the wildlife value of the site. Sophia Craddock, a local volunteer with the Biosphere, said
“When all the raking up of cut bramble was completed, we were able to put up some bat and bird boxes around the reserve, which should help provide some good nest sites for wildlife next summer.”
The next volunteer event will be in late winter. Details of when and where are still to be confirmed.