Recyler gives nature a hand

By Ian Dipple Friday 31 January 2014 Updated: 31/01 10:02

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Buy photos » Reserve officer Andy Harris and general manager Dean Willett help tidy up Ipsley Alders Nature Reserve. Picture by Marcus Mingins 0514005MMR

A NATURE reserve in Redditch has undergone a makeover with the help of staff from a national recycling firm.

Senior managers from waste management and recycling specialists Biffa joined members of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust to help spruce up Ipsley Alders Marsh in the Winyates Green area.

The company recently gave the charity £31,764 to carry out much needed work on the reserve including a new boardwalk, a replacement bridge, new welcome panelsand restoration of the pond.

And they spent last Friday (January 24) involved in a variety of activities including coppicing - cutting trees back almost to their base - to allow light to the woodland floor to benefit the yellow archangel, bluebell and wood anemone growing their.

Rob Jones, group environment and sustainability manager for Biffa, said: "It is one of our aims at Biffa to always support the local communities around where we operate; volunteering provides a perfect opportunity for us to do this whilst encouraging team building."

The 18 hectare nature reserve contains many distinctive features including sedge peat,a rare habitat in the Midlands, and it has spring water rising beneath it.

There are at least 170 species of plants and during winter months visitors may see wildlife including reed bunting - a sparrow sized bird - and small dabbling ducks called teal while spring brings cuckoos and grasshoppers.

A monthly volunteer group meets at 10am on the first Sunday of every month at Winyates Community Centre on Furze Lane to carry out work on the reserve. Anyone interested in joining should call Michael Barstow on 01527 521912.

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