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How would you spend £800k on Canvey nature reserve?
THE public will be able to have their say on how £800,000 should be spent improving a Canvey nature reserve.
Three wildlife conservation charities are working together to hold public consultations about how to revamp Canvey Wick nature reserve, off Northwick Road.
The wildlife haven is home to hundreds of species of rare insects, including the brown-banded carder bee, the five banded weevil wasp and the Canvey ground beetle.
The Land Trust, owner of the site, the RSPB and Buglife have teamed up and they are asking the public how the money should be used to improve the site.
There have been concerns the reserve is too open to vandalism and arson and there are hints some of the money may be spent making the site more secure.
Simon Pile, South East England estate manager for the Land Trust, said: “I cannot stress enough how unique this site is and how important it is for us to preserve the rare species of wildlife there.
“We’ve had a lot of antisocial behaviour problems with motorbikes going through and people torching the area, which has unfortunately meant it has been in decline. It is crucial for us to secure the site, which we hope to do this autumn.
“We have been meeting with community groups about the programme of work and will be hold ing consultations because we want residents’ input on what improvements should be carried out. A lot of people have visited this site for years and we value their input.”
Putting in better pedestrian access routes and coppicing work have also been suggested, as part of the ambitious plans. However, a final program of work is yet to be finalised. The organisations are also conducting detailed surveys on the different types of species on the site and their requirements, which they hope to publish in the next few months.
The first consultation meeting will be held at the Paddocks Community Centre, in Long Road, Canvey, from 7.30pm tomorrow.