New pathway at Moseley Bog goes up in flames as vandals strike again

Monday 24th November 2014

Burnt pathway at Moseley BogVandals strike again

A new pathway at Moseley Bog has been torched by vandals this weekend thwarting The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country’s plans to make it more accessible.

The Wildlife Trust secured over £40 000 of funding to create walkways with permeable paths through a new area of the reserve so that they could continue their work in making Moseley Bog and Joy’s Wood one of the most accessible nature reserves in the area.

However, on Sunday one of the volunteers who have given their time to help install these new paths discovered there were only scorched remains of all their efforts. Not only this, but other materials for the project had been thrown into the pond in the reserve.

Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trust Georgia Stokes said: “It is terribly sad that anyone could contemplate destroying hours of work by our staff and volunteers to put in a path that will make this part of the reserve easier for people with limited mobility to visit.

“We are committed to ensuring that as many people as possible can enjoy wildlife in our urban area and this project was a great example of doing this in a very environmentally sensitive way, which respects the unique atmosphere of Moseley Bog.

“This will not deter us and the work will be completed so that people will be able to enjoy this new entrance linking Moseley Bog and Sarehole Mill for nature and culture enthusiasts alike.”

Last year signs with maps of the site and information about the wildlife and history of Moseley Bog were also vandalised, but The Trust has now replaced these.

The current project is funded by Biffa Award, a multi-million pound environment fund managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, which utilises landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services. 

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