New information boards unveiled at Fremington Nature Reserve

(l-r) Cllr Dick Jones (NDC), Sue Kingdom (Fremington Parish Council), Tom Hynes (Biosphere), Andrew Moulton (NDC Parks Officer) and Alun Potter (Barratts)

Posted on: 28 June 2017

New information boards explaining the rich diversity of wildlife at Fremington Local Nature Reserve are now in place.

Lovell’s Field, situated behind the village green in Fremington, is owned and managed by North Devon Council. Working alongside North Devon Biosphere Service, the council has been working on a plan to encourage more birds and wildlife to the site by creating a ‘scrape’.

In September, an area of land was ‘scraped’ to form a pond-like area to provide a habitat for plants and animals, including frogs and newts and an important feeding area for over-wintering birds. With the permission of Barratt Homes, an interpretation board has been placed on the footpath that runs alongside the nature reserve to the Tarka Trail, overlooking the ‘scrape’.

Executive Member responsible for parks and leisure, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “We are very lucky to have a designated Local Nature Reserve in Fremington and Lovell’s Field is a really special place. The scrape is the latest initiative to improve the area for birds and other wildlife and these two interpretation boards will explain to local residents and visitors how important the nature reserve is.”

Tom Hynes, from North Devon Biosphere, says: “This is the first time we’ve done a scrape in North Devon and I’m really excited to see how the project develops over the coming months. A visit to a very successful scrape in East Devon inspired us to create our own here in North Devon and Lovell’s Field seemed the perfect location. We were given lots of advice by the RSPB and Environment Agency regarding the size, situation and profile of the scrape to make sure it was spot on. Along with the summer grazing on the reserve, we are hopeful that the scrape will create excellent conditions for many bird species feeding and breeding at the reserve.”

A bat and moth walk at Lovell’s Field is being organised for Thursday 24 August, with more details to follow. Follow North Devon Biosphere or North Devon Council on Facebook to keep up to date with news and events.

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