Celebrating 20 years of Study Centre

Schoolchildren study the wildlife at The Westinghouse Springfields nuclear fuel manufacturing plant's Nature Study Centre
Schoolchildren study the wildlife at The Westinghouse Springfields nuclear fuel manufacturing plant's Nature Study Centre
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A Nature Study Centre is celebrating its 20th anniversary, having blossomed over the last two decades to feature two Biological Heritage Sites.

The Westinghouse Springfields nuclear fuel manufacturing plant boasts the Study Centre, home to flora, fauna and wildlife, at its Salwick site.

The area houses Deepdale Wood, an area of ancient woodland and a favourite of schoolchildren and environmental groups who regularly visit to study wildlife.

And it is also home to the Newt Ponds, which provide a habitat for great crested newts, one of two protected species which inhabit the nature trail area, along with slow worms.

Community relations manager Steve Whitehead said: “The Nature Study Centre has proved extremely popular since it opened 20 years ago.

“It’s an ideal area for primary schools to bring pupils to carry out pond-dipping and environmental studies, including searching for mini-beasts. The children always enjoy it.

“The centre also forms part of the site’s Biodiversity Action Plan.”

The Nature Study Centre comprises nature trails through Deepdale Wood, which is home to more than 150 different species of plants, trees and shrubs, and the wetland pond areas, which are habitats for more than 110 species.

The list of creatures known to inhabit the nature trails also includes grey squirrels, foxes, deer, more than 19 species of butterflies, insects and mini-beasts.

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