Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Helping nature

A COMMUNITY nature area has been created in Caversham.

Nikki Drury asked Reading Borough Council last year to clear an overgrown area behind Peel Close and adjacent to the play area in Caleta Close.

Her children would play in the area and had spotted a variety of wildlife, including a family of muntjac deer.

Since then the council has worked with residents and volunteers to create a haven for nature and wildlife known as Dingley Dell. The land is owned by the council but cannot be developed due to the proximity of a brook.

In January the Conservation Volunteers worked with the Berkshire Biodiversity Action Team to clear rubbish and more than 20 members of the Reading Green Gym helped dig and wood chip a path and carry out other improvements.

In time, it is hoped to install bird boxes, bat boxes, hedgehog homes and a bug hotel while a fallen tree could be carved to create a seat.

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