9. Thorley Wash Nature Reserve
Theme: Habitats and wildlife
- To maintain and enhance the river's natural habitats and wildlife
To enhance the nature reserve for wildlife and restore favourable conditions for the site’s SSSI status. To raise awareness of the nature reserve amongst local communities.
The project will include:
- Installation of an access bridge to the nature reserve, to enable access for maintenance vehicles and to reinstate grazing
- Restoration work to the nature reserve, removal of willow scrub, re-profiling of ditches and fencing of the reserve.
- Design and installation of a family trail to enable people to explore the reserve and get closer to wildlife.
- Promoting community engagement with local businesses, schools and other community groups
- Raising awareness of the Stort valley through talks and events
- Working with local town/parish councils, and advising them on the conservation of the Stort valley.
- Setting up a monitoring and advisory group with local biological recorders and Bishop’s Stortford Natural History Society.