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Local Nature Reserve Increases Reputation as Site of Special Scientific Interest.

January 26th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

by Joel Beaumont
Breary Marsh and Paul’s Pond have recently been maintained leading to improvements for both the wildlife and the public at this national Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Trees have been felled and the bridleway restructured to aid the ecosystem of the wildlife which is in abundance in this area of natural beauty.

Many parts of the landscape were being destroyed as people strayed from the path or created new ways to cut through the land. Although harmless as this may seem it can have a big effect on the wildlife.

Paul's pond and Breary Marsh
Image Copyright Humphrey Bolton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Leeds City Council Natural Habitats, Parks & Countryside said: “The public bridleway was in poor condition and becoming increasingly wide as people sought drier, less muddy routes on which to walk.  While this has made access through the site less difficult, it has also resulted in damage to the SSSI’s soils and vegetation as the paths get wider and increase in number.”

The trees that have been cut down in the area are mainly Sycamores which are an undesirable species in this sort of habitat. The felled trees have been used to block routes that were being created through the vegetation. Furthermore this decaying wood is an integral part of any ecosystem.

Leeds City Council are confident that these changes, although at first may look daunting, will help wildlife continue to blossom at the Site of Special Scientific Interest that is right on our doorstep.

“We would like to reassure people that the tree work carried out has been undertaken to benefit both the wildlife at and visitors to Breary Marsh.  While woodland management can initially look quite drastic I am confident that in a short time the felled timber will not be as noticeable and will provide a valuable contribution to the biodiversity of the site.”

Share this information with your friends to inform them of the amazing places right around the corner from Holt Park.

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