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NEWS RELEASE No: 166577 MARCH 2017


Community Wildlife site created in Pillowell


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The Forestry Commission have teamed up with the Dean Green Team and Pillowell community to manage and officially recognise a 2 acre site for wildlife in the centre of Pillowell village.

The area was officially identified nearly 20 years ago by local naturalist, the late Bob Godfrey, as an area of wet grassland and mire.  Then in 2012 the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust officially recorded the site as a Key Wildlife Site due to the richness of its flora. 

Wetland plants bearing unusual names such as Sneezewort, Bog Spearwort and Ragged Robin grow among the rushes and grasses and provide a home for animals such as butterflies, birds and slow worms.

In recognition of the site’s value as a habitat for wildlife, local resident Trevor Watkins supported by Pillowell Parish Council, stepped in to work with the Forestry Commission and the dedicated volunteer group.  An interpretation board is now on display so that the community can find out more.

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Notes to Editor

1.       Forestry Commission England is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Further information can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/england

Media Contact Stephanie.johns@forestry.gsi.gov.uk 0300 067 4826

2.       Picture: people present from right to left: Ben Balmer,(FC) Robbie Warren,(FC) Chez Dunford – Ross, Pete Dunford (West Dean Parish Councillor), John Marchent – Ross, Jeff Ingleson – Ross, Chris Ingleson, Trevor Watkins, Bill Norton, Jean Norton, Kirsten Hunter, Carol Barnes, Fred Tuffley – Little Ones, Kelly Powell, Arthur Powell – Little Ones, Kate Wollen (FC)

3.       Key Wildlife Sites are areas with a rich diversity of habitats that provide refuges and corridors for wildlife across Gloucestershire.  They are found on both public and private land and include a great variety of valuable semi-natural habitats such as ancient woodland, species-rich grasslands, river valleys, heathland and hedgerows.  These sites have no legal protection, yet they still deserve recognition as the most important places for wildlife outside of legally protected land such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).