Popular Erewash wildlife spot Straw’s Bridge in Ilkeston will be formally launched as an official Local Nature Reserve next week after Erewash Borough Council’s recent approval of the new status. The council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Wallis, will be joined by the volunteer members of the Friends of Straw’s Bridge group to celebrate the importance of the nature site on Thursday 19th March at 2pm.
Straw’s Bridge is seen as a wildlife gem and the council has worked closely with the Friends group to introduce a whole range of improvements at the site over the last couple of years, while the volunteers have also raised funds to help improve the habitats.
As well as celebrating the new Nature Reserve status, next week’s event will also officially launch new ‘welcome’ signs and information boards which are now in place to give visitors a history of the beauty spot and highlight some of the many birds that can be seen there.
Straw’s Bridge is owned by the Erewash Borough Council and features three ponds that are surrounded by woodland, scrub, meadow and wetland. While it attracts a whole range of feathered visitors, the site is particularly famous for its swans – leading to its affectionate nickname ‘Swan Lake’.
Along with Straw’s Bridge, the council has also granted Local Nature Reserve status to the Manor Flood area of Ilkeston.