Joy at cash boost for nature reserve

Marton Mere nature reserve and (below) Kath Godfrey.

Marton Mere nature reserve and (below) Kath Godfrey.

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BLACKPOOL’S best loved nature reserve is in line to receive more than a quarter of a million pounds in funding.

Nature enthusiasts are celebrating after Marton Mere received initial approval from the Heritage Lottery fund to spend £270,000 on improving the site.

Kath Godfrey

Kath Godfrey

Projects could include the development of a new visitor centre and the replacement of two hides along with new signage, equipment and funding for training and education.

The project has been spearheaded by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV).

Kath Godfrey, TCV’s Lancashire area manager, said: “It would definitely be a great project.

“There’s a huge amount of habitat work to be done and there are a number of very important species there.”

The bid was made in conjunction with Blackpool Council and Blackpool Environmental Action Team.

Now the group is holding a public consultation to get suggestions, views and ideas on what other improvements people want to see at the reserve before it submits its final funding bid.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for tourism and culture, said: “This is a great opportunity for people to have their say on the future of Marton Mere.

“The reserve is one of Blackpool’s hidden gems which provides a habitat for a diverse range of wildlife.

“It is important that this magnificent area is preserved, improved and becomes a beacon for learning about the environment.”

The consultation events will take place on Sunday, February 17, between 10am and 1pm, and Tuesday, February 19 between 1pm and 3pm at Marton Mere Ranger Base.

A further consultation will be held at Stanley Park visitors centre on Wednesday February 20 between 6pm and 8pm. People can also share their thoughts online by visiting www.surveymonkey.com, emailing k.godfrey@tcv.org.uk or calling 07764 655711.

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