Wildlife oasis bidding for makeover cash - The Rugby Observer

Wildlife oasis bidding for makeover cash

Andy Morris 3rd Mar, 2018   0

A HIDDEN wildlife oasis near the centre of Rugby could be given a makeover if supermarket shoppers vote for it to win funding.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust (WWT) is bidding to bag a cash boost to give Newbold Quarry Nature Reserve a much needed facelift.

The project A New Look for Newbold Quarry in Rugby has been shortlisted for the Tesco Bags of Help initiative, which awards grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales to local community projects.

The trust wants to introduce new visitor information and an interactive way-marked trail to the nature reserve, which transformed into a deep lake surrounded by woodlands and wildlife after quarrying for Blue Lias limestone ended in 1920.

The woodlands now attract a variety of songbirds, the grassland supports a population of wildflowers and the lake is home to toads, swans, coots and great crested newts.

WWT wants to install an entrance sign and add new, anti-graffiti interpretation boards to help visitors access and enjoy the reserve.

The project would also replace damaged and outdated signs with a new way-marked trail to help visitors find their way around, and encourage kids to get involved by encouraging wildlife-related actions such as ‘jump like a frog’ or ‘dance like a fox’.

If successful in its bid, the trust would promote the improvements with a community event.

WWT’s director of reserves and community engagement Karl Curtis said: “This funding would help us give Newbold Quarry nature reserve the attention it deserves with engaging visitor information and a community event to showcase the reserve to local people.

“We would be thrilled to receive this funding from Tesco Bags of Help and would love Tesco customers to vote for our Newbold nature reserve.”

Tesco customers can vote for one of three different community projects in all Rugby stores throughout March and April. Visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp for more information.

Visit www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/newbold-quarry for more information on the nature reserve.

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