New local nature reserve set to be designated
Written by Dean Churm on March 5, 2019
Sparrow hawks, buzzards, wrens, finches and woodpeckers are all common sights around the latest area of the borough to be designated a Local Nature Reserve.
Lilleshall Hill is set to become the next to be officially adopted Local Nature Reserve, eventually bringing the total number of reserves in Telford and Wrekin to 16.
The new nature reserve is planned to be officially adopted by Telford & Wrekin Council and will add just under five hectares, bringing the total to just under 520 hectares – that’s around 370 football pitches of protected nature reserve alone, not including parks, green guarantee sites and other green spaces.
Councillor John Minor, cabinet member for leisure, green spaces and parks said: “The wildlife habitat will be protected ensuring people can enjoy the area well into the future, creating a haven for wildlife. I would encourage everyone to explore this island of green, rising from the flat North Shropshire Plain – it’s beautiful and on clear nights is great for stargazing and bat watching.”
Trees and gorse cover the lower slopes while the top remains bare and the hill rises 132m high with a 21m high monument sitting on top, erected in memory of George Granville Leveson Gower, the first Duke of Sutherland in 1839.
The site can be accessed by foot with limited parking outside Lilleshall Primary School, top of Limekiln Lane.
There will be a Friends of Lilleshall Hill working party on Saturday, March 9 with volunteers helping to maintain the site. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.