Lamplighter’s Marsh

Project Category: Informal community groupProject Tags: Biodiversity, Children & young people and Education

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    This was a large docks railway sidings and landscaped rubbish tip that was abandoned about 30 years ago and had become overgrown with scrub.  After a long fight it was designated a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in late 2017.  Working with Bristol City Council Parks department, we have opened it up and surveys have found nationally scarce lichen.  We run free expert-led walks in the warmer months and, scrub clearance from October to March.  This year we produced a virtual trail in the LNR for sixty Keystage 2 school children to see in their classrooms, before walking the trail.  Afterwards they took family members on the trail to show them what they had learnt.  We built a bee bank by hand from 13 tonnes of material.  We hosted walks for the Being Human national festival and, ecology MSc postgrad students to survey this unusual edgeland.

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    Shirehampton, England