Wildlife trust helps Bowbrook Lodges create haven for nature

05th Oct

A Pershore glamping and camping firm has been working with the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust to build wetlands on its site.

Bowbrook Lodges is a 25-acre site based near Pinvin. Richard and Matt Jaques, brothers and joint owners of the site, approached the WWT to enhance the site to help support wildlife and make it more attractive to visitors.

Together, they applied for support in 2019 and tree planting work began in the winter of 2020, with the creation of wetlands completed in spring 2021.

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Richard said: “We planted the trees in 2020 with the help of Worcester Wildlife Trust to improve sustainability and provide a truly unique area to explore. It is now landscaped with 2,500 trees, 250 fruit trees, lakes and wetlands and a one-mile-long hard path for easy walks.”

Sean Webber, Natural Networks officer for the WWT, said: “The Natural Networks project at Bowbrook Lodges has really helped to transform the site and has created valuable habitat for wildlife: the new woodland margins contain a range of native trees and shrubs which will provide food and shelter while the new traditional orchards and meadows will provide lots of flowers and fruit.

“Traditional orchards can be a great habitat for wildlife, particularly birds and pollinators, and the site now has a wide range of fruit tree varieties, many of which were raised in Worcestershire and the surrounding counties.

“The project has also created some significant new wetland habitats, including a lake, a pond complex, and two large backwaters. The new wetlands complement the existing habitats of the Bow Brook and provide a haven for dragonflies, fish fry, and other aquatic species. The site now offers a diverse range of habitats for wildlife which will become increasingly valuable as they establish and mature.”

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