Despite the very wet summer over 600 visitors came to the reserve. Three visits from groups of children were cancelled because of heavy rain.
We hosted organised group activity visits from local primary schools, Nailsea WI, Chew Valley AWT, a Brownie pack and a pre-school group. Activities included pond dipping, leaf and bark rubbing, plant identification, bird and nest box spotting and mini beast forays.
Our full annual open day was held in May this year and attracted over 100 visitors who enjoyed various displays and activities.
We received a ‘Merit’ Neighbourhood Award from Britain in Bloom for our contribution to a cleaner and greener community.
A presentation of our work at the Reserve and its wildlife was given to the AGM of the Nailsea and Backwell Group of Diabetes UK.
The Reserve had a pond dipping open day as part of the ‘Wild Water’ celebrations organised in support of Avon’s Biodiversity Action Plan.
The species list is impressive with 180 plants; 35 birds; 15 butterflies and 9 dragonflies/damselflies; frogs; newts; fungi; mammals and many invertebrates.
Grant Burleigh has started an extensive study of invertebrates and now regularly submits records to the Bristol Record Centre.
We have introduced a number of new habitats to encourage specific wildlife.
Nest box usage of 37% was around the same level as the past few years.
Our licence to manage the reserve has been renewed for a further 5 years by North Somerset Council.
We have worked towards improving publicity with the introduction of a new website and full colour leaflet.
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