Wildlife Win in Bog Boost

Monday 8th May 2017

Natalie Norton, WTBBC Conservation Officer

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country is launching its work to improve wildlife habitats and visitor access to Moseley Bog and Joys Wood Nature Reserve thanks to a grant from The Veolia Environmental Trust.

Having already secured funding from WA Cadbury for a Nature Reserve Officer, the extra cash, awarded through the Landfill Communities Fund, will tackle pollution, protect habitat for newts and dragonflies, remove invasive non-native plants like Japanese Knotweed and improve access to areas of the site that are hard to reach.

The project is supported by the Friends of Moseley Bog and Joy’s Wood as well as users of the reserve who are looking forward to the additional volunteering opportunities that will be created, including the chance to learn new skills like habitat management, species surveying and project planning. The Trust is also planning family Wild Play Days, school group sessions, specialist moth nights and archaeology walks.

Natalie Norton, Conservation Officer, The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, said:

‘This is a brilliant opportunity for the local community to get involved in protecting the natural space they care about so much. The Friends of Moseley Bog and Joy’s Wood have done a wonderful job of preserving the reserve for us all, now this new partnership with The Veolia Environmental Trust will help us improve access making it even easier to get close to wildlife’

The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, added,

“We support community and environmental projects across the UK and since 1998 we have awarded over £4.9m to ones in the West Midlands. We are happy to be supporting this important project and we look forward to hearing about its progress.”