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Southwick Country Park is formally declared a Local Nature Reserve

The park has been declared a Local Nature Reserve and recognised for its local importance to wildlife and education

Published 29 January 2021
Southwick Country Park Local Nature Reserve photo

Wiltshire Council is delighted to confirm that Southwick Country Park has been formally declared a Local Nature Reserve, and is now known as Southwick Country Park Nature Reserve.

The designation means that the country park has been recognised for its local importance to wildlife and education.

The Rights of Way & Countryside Team at Wiltshire Council, along with the Friends of Southwick Country Park volunteer group, have worked together over many years to achieve this.

Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: This is great news for Southwick Country Park and a valuable step in raising public awareness and reinforcing the importance of the area for nature conservation.

We know the new Local Nature Reserve area contains a number of varied habitats, rich in many species of flora and fauna, and we hope this status will help conserve and enhance wildlife, biodiversity and the landscape of the country park.

While we're in lockdown, it's important to remember that people should visit Southwick Country Park Nature Reserve on their daily exercise only if it is in their local area. Once lockdown is over, we hope more people will be able to enjoy the reserve and its wonderful wildlife.

You can view the public notice on our webpage: Country parks and open spaces

More information about Southwick Country Park Nature Reserve can be viewed on the Friends of Southwick Country Park website.

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Published 29 January 2021