18. Boardwalk at Batford Springs
Themes: Ecology and management; Public engagement
- Increase public access to the river (visual and physical)
- Increase local knowledge and appreciation of the river
- Promote the river as an educational resource
Installation of a new visitor boardwalk in the wet woodland (January 2021)
As part of the ongoing project to make Batford Springs more accessible for members of the public with mobility issues, the Town Council plans to create a boardwalk through a lesser explored area of Batford Springs Nature Reserve.
The boardwalk will enable visitors to view the chalk streams, river lea and reed fen area without disturbance to delicate habitats. The boardwalk will be fully enclosed to prevent dogs from being able to access these areas and link into newly installed all-weather paths which have been installed across the reserve on existing well-worn paths.
New interpretation boards will also be installed across the reserve to reflect the new routes through the reserve and provide information about wildlife that can be seen on the reserve.
The Town Council are seeking funding to help deliver this project.