Village boost for wildlife

By Mark Elson in Local People

SNEEZEWORT, bog spearwort and ragged robin are among the wild flowers which will now be protected as part of a new community wildlife site.

The Forestry Commission have teamed up with the Dean Green Team and residents to manage and officially recognise a two-acre site 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 swampy bog.

In 2012, the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust officially recorded the location as a key wildlife site due to the richness of its flora.

Wetland plants bearing such unusual names as sneezewort 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 wildlife habitat, resident Trevor Watkins, backed by Pillowell Parish Council, stepped in to work with the Forestry Commission and a dedicated volunteer group.

An interpretation board is now on display so that the community can find out more.

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