Volunteers are helping Quarry Hill blossom

Volunteers offer a helping hand to improve biodiversity at Quarry Hill Nature Reserve in Nelson (s)
Volunteers offer a helping hand to improve biodiversity at Quarry Hill Nature Reserve in Nelson (s)
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Volunteers have been working hard at Quarry Hill Nature Reserve in Nelson to improve biodiversity.

The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has been running activities such as planting wildflowers to improve the grasslands, thanks to funding provided by Lancashire Environment Fund.

Since March, the volunteers have planted over 500 plugs which are currently producing a beautiful display at the site which is just off Waidshouse Road.

Resident Maureen Roberts, who has been involved with Quarry Hill for over 13 years, said: “This is the latest in a series of improvements.

“Previously we laid new paths, installed benches and noticeboards.

“This time we are hoping to deal with the never-ending problem of water erosion, so we have laid new steps which are shallow and easy to climb, and hopefully weather-proof, and created better drainage channels.

“The wildflowers are increasing, there is a wide range of birds on the site, deer are often seen and I recently counted over 20 Ringlet Butterflies.”

Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Community Projects Officer Rebecca Witcombe is looking for more volunteers to get involved.

It will soon be time to cut and rake the meadows and plant another selection of plugs.

There will also be woodland management activities during the autumn and winter months.

Rebecca said: “Quarry Hill is such a beautiful place, with views over to Pendle Hill.

“Getting involved here will not only improve the wildlife of the site but also be an enjoyable way to get some fresh air and meet new people.”

Contact Rebecca on 704605 or email rwitcombe@lancswt.org.uk to find out more about the Quarry Hill project.