JUN 00] STRATFORD ON AVON DISTRICT COUNCIL NEWS
Clopton Fields Could Get Special Status
haven for wildlife in Stratford could be given special status to
secure the future of the birds, animals and plants living there.
District Council bought Clopton Fields, next to the Welcombe Hills
when it became available last year.
are now due to consider whether the beauty spot should be given Local
Nature Reserve status.
site is home to many different forms of wildlife, and 66 species of
birds have been recorded there by the British Trust for Ornithology.
of the Avon Area Committee are to decide next week whether they should
apply for the LNR status for the 74-acre site, which includes historic
parkland and woodland areas.
it is successful in getting the accolade it could release money from
English Nature for the management of the area.
Simmons, director of Technical and Amenity Services, has recommended
that the council try to win this status.
a report to councillors he suggests passing the day-to-day
responsibility of running the area to the Friends of Welcombe Hills,
who already work with the council in preserving and managing the
ecology of the area, with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust also have an
decision will be made at the council meeting in Elizabeth House in
Church Street on Monday 5 June at 6pm.