Riverside Wild Space – latest update…
Work is now well underway to establish a wildlife area on land at the far end of our site. A small team of staff has cleared the area and removed the worst of the brambles which will enable us to plant the land with an exciting mix of woodland shrubs, trees, bulbs and flowers. The species have been specially chosen as they are attractive to different types of pollinating insect, bugs, birds and other creatures.
The wildlife area is on a steeply sloping bank so work has also begun to create a safe walkway with steps to enable staff to access the site. The timber edges which retain the bark chippings surface are being made from lengths of cherry wood from the tree which we had felled in January. As the timber settles into the earth, it too will become the perfect home for various ‘creepy crawlies’. Plans for the Wild Space area include a willow bird screen where the current wooden fence is.
As well as attracting a wide variety of insects and birds, we hope to encourage larger wildlife too. Foxes are regular visitors to the area and we’ve identified their tracks in the recently laid bark surface. The delightful photo of a vixen and her cubs playing on the bank at this spot was one of several taken in 2014 by a local naturalist from the opposite side of the New Cut.
There have recently been possible sightings of an otters in the River Avon not far from the entrance to the City Docks and it would be wonderful if they began to explore the Cut where it passes below the Garden Centre.