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									Wildlife Trust press release - disabled access at nature reserveFrom: Peter Mallon [] Sent: 26 March 2009 13:46 To: Peter Mallon Subject: Wildlife Trust press release - disabled access at nature reserve <<...>> Sender: Peter Mallon, Communications Officer, Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside Date: 26 March 2009 Addressee: Priority media contact list For immediate release HEADLINE: Tramping about Foxhill Lancashire Wildlife Trust recently joined with an enthusiastic band of local volunteers to install six Tramper Gates at Foxhill Bank Local Nature Reserve in Oswaldtwistle. The gates are operated by a remote key held only by disabled people and allow access for the all-terrain Trampers which give physically disadvantaged people the chance to enjoy more challenging experiences. Sarah Turner, East Lancashire Project Officer, said: "These are the first to be fitted on any of our reserves and we look forward to becoming a regular port of call for people who can enjoy this facility." The volunteers have been helped by Marvin Blades and Craig Davies of Blades Groundwork, who brought their mini-digger and moved old gateposts free of charge. The first Trampers and users visited the site as part of the Stepping Out project. They were very capable on the paths of the nature reserve and even across the muddy sports field. The event was a huge success with all involved having a great time. Now is a good time to visit Foxhill Bank and look out for the signs of spring. Our native bulbs such as Bluebells, Wild Garlic and other spring flowers such as Lesser Celandine are making a show. Insects such as bumblebees are buzzing about, there is frog spawn in the ponds and the first of the migratory birds such as Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff are singing in the woods.

ENDS ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… NOTES FOR EDITORS a.. We can supply quality jpeg images suitable for use with specific articles and also generic images. b.. The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside is registered as Lancashire Wildlife Trust (LWT), as a Registered Charity number 229325 and a Company limited by guarantee number 731548. a.. LWT is dedicated to the protection and promotion of the wildlife in Lancashire, seven boroughs of Greater Manchester and four of Merseyside, all lying North of the River Mersey. b.. LWT provides protection for endangered species, owns and manages nature reserves, educates and inspires children to carry on the work, offers

opportunities for people to volunteer in worthwhile conservation projects and campaigns at every level of government. c.. LWT manages 34 Nature Reserves covering 2000 acres of woodland, wetland, upland and meadow. d.. We welcomed nearly 7000 children to our Education Centres last year and they went away with an enthusiasm to help save wildlife. e.. We are involved with numerous community projects and provide specialist training for environmental volunteers. f.. We protect urban wildlife by creating green spaces in towns and promoting sustainable lifestyles. g.. We work with Local Authorities, influencing the decision makers and resisting developments that would damage wildlife habitat. The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, The Barn, Berkeley Drive, Bamber Bridge, Preston, PR5 6BY. Tel: 01772 324129 Fax: 01772 628849 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Peter Mallon, Communications Officer, Tel 01772 324129 Email You can learn more about our work on our website:

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