Volunteer day to tidy up woodland reserve

Volunteers urged to pack sturdy footwear and a hot drink and come lend a hand at nature reserve in Bideford.

A VOLUNTEER day to tidy up and maintain the Ford House Woodland nature reserve in Bideford will be held on Sunday.

Individuals and community groups can lend a hand from 10am as part of the day organised by Bideford Town Council and the North Devon Biosphere Service.

The ancient, semi-natural woodland surrounds the site of the old Bideford Zoo.

Since 2008, when the town council took over the reserve, a lot of work has been undertaken including putting up new nest boxes and building a footbridge over the stream.

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The Environment Agency has also cleared a couple of skips of rubbish from the stream on one of their staff voluntary environmental project days.

Anyone wishing to help out on Sunday should bring sturdy footwear and clothing, a packed lunch and a hot drink.

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Tom Hynes, lead officer for Landscape and Biodiversity, said: “This is a great project to become involved with and there will be tasks on the day for every level of ability.”

Volunteers should meet at the New Road entrance to the woodland at 10am.

To find out more about the day contact Tom on 01271 388534.

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