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Clopton Fields Could Get Special Status

A haven for wildlife in Stratford could be given special status to secure the future of the birds, animals and plants living there.

Stratford District Council bought Clopton Fields, next to the Welcombe Hills when it became available last year.

Councillors are now due to consider whether the beauty spot should be given Local Nature Reserve status.

The site is home to many different forms of wildlife, and 66 species of birds have been recorded there by the British Trust for Ornithology.

Members 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.

If it is successful in getting the accolade it could release money from English Nature for the management of the area.

Malcolm Simmons, director of Technical and Amenity Services, has recommended that the council try to win this status.

In 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 input.

The decision will be made at the council meeting in Elizabeth House in Church Street on Monday 5 June at 6pm.

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