Looking after our nature
Local residents are being asked if they support a proposal to grant Local Nature Reserve (LNR) status to the wildlife hotspot Trent Meadows in Long Eaton.
Erewash Borough Council wants to add the site to its official nature reserves in the borough, saying the area is a valuable open space for the local community, visitors and nature conservation.
Trent Meadows is in a wildlife-rich area alongside the River Trent, Attenborough Nature Reserve and a number of local wildlife sites and declaring it a LNR would help protect the site for nature and for the recreational enjoyment of visitors.
News of the council’s proposal follows the announcement that it is also seeking to grant conservation area status for Sawley’s popular tourist spot Trent Locak and is also asking for residents to give their views on that proposal.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We firmly believe that Trent Meadows deserves to be a Local Nature Reserve to give it the protection it deserves but we do want to hear from residents that they would support this move.
“We currently have nine LNRs in Erewash and we hope this site can become number 10. It shows this council’s commitment to protecting and maintaining important wildlife and natural sites – there is much to celebrate in Erewash and we have so many gems right on our doorstep.”
Residents can complete a short survey online at www.erewash.gov.uk or hard copies are available at Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls until Friday 8 June.
• The public consultation on the proposed conservation status for Trent Lock is also available online at www.erewash.gov.uk/trentlock until 8 June. Hard copies are available from Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls and at Ilkeston and Long Eaton libraries.