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VALUABLE NATURE RESERVE THREATENED WITH CLOSURE


01 December 2009

New Ferry Butterfly Park, the community-run nature reserve next to Bebington Station, is being forced to close by Brock plc.  Brock plc have told the Cheshire Wildlife Trust (CWT), which holds the lease, to vacate the Park by the end of January 2010, and have refused repeated offers by CWT to buy it.  The Park, already a nature reserve and Site of Biological Importance, was bought at auction in 1997, outbidding CWT, when British Rail was told by the then Government to sell much of its land.

The Butterfly Park is one of the best butterfly sites in Cheshire, and also home to many other mini-beasts such as spiders, moths, bumble bees, grasshoppers, shield bugs, woodlice, snails and hoverflies.  It is used for education and training, from infant schoolchildren up to post-graduate professionals, as well as quiet recreation and enjoyment of wildlife. Its unusual management has featured in national scientific journals.

Hilary Ash, one of its management team and Hon Conservation Officer for Wirral Wildlife, says "There is simply no equivalent site in Wirral or Cheshire. Its ecology is unique, which is why Cheshire Wildlife Trust leased it in 1993. It is also in the urban area, with excellent public transport access, more than 2000 schoolchildren within walking distance, and in an area with little natural open space. It will be a huge loss to people and wildlife if it is destroyed."

DO YOU WANT TO SEE THE PARK STAY OPEN? YOU CAN HELP!

Please write to your councillor (the local ones are Bob Moon, Alan Taylor and Steve Niblock) at Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey. CH44 8ED, asking Wirral Council to use all measures in its power to save the Park.  You can sign a petition in MP Ben Chapman's office, or sign the online petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/savethebutterflypark/, or download, print and fill in (with your neighbours and friends) a paper petition.

The Park is normally closed for the winter because the mini-beasts are in hibernation and we need to get management work done.  However it will be open on Sundays 13 December and 10th January and possibly other times - contact Hilary on 327 5923 or Paul on 645 8937, or check the website at www.wirralwildlife.co.uk
. We are at the top of the access road to Bebington station car park, off Bebington Road between Aldi and the railway bridge.  Look for the brown tourist sign, open when we are.
 

     
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