Shrewsbury Town Council looks after over 20 countryside sites around the town, ranging from large Local Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest to small Community Woodlands. These areas are managed with both people and wildlife in mind and whilst they may not look as neat and tidy as the Town Council’s formal gardens, they support a huge variety of plants and animals. Traditional management methods such as grazing, haymaking and coppicing create a mosaic of different habitats across the town.The largest site managed by the Countryside Unit is the Rea Brook Valley Local Nature Reserve. The site runs east and south from the centre of Shrewsbury town. This green corridor provides a vital wildlife refuge amongst the roads and buildings and a walk along the banks can be rewarded with sightings of Kingfishers, Otters and Buzzards to name but a few. The site can be accessed from many places along its route including Sutton Farm, Meole Brace, the Shirehall and Shrewsbury Abbey. A leaflet of the Rea Brook Circular Walk is available to download.
Countryside sites are managed with the help of university students on work placements, volunteer work parties, volunteer site wardens, college and community groups. We also work closely with Shropshire Council and Shropshire Wildlife Trust to share knowledge and resources.
For more information, contact Countryside & Greenspace Team Leader Matt Wilcoxon on 01743 281010 or firstname.lastname@example.org