Published: February 15, 2012
Berrow dunes conservation clear-up to be held this weekend

Volunteers are being encouraged to join a day of conservation work in Berrow dunes this Sunday (February 19th).

Members of the public are welcome to join Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers as they make their annual trip to carry out the clearance of sea buckthorn.

The volunteers will also be planting marram on the foredunes as part of an ongoing dune restoration scheme.

"Since its introduction less than a century ago, the sea buckthorn has spread over about half of the reserve, leading to the loss of much of the species-rich grassland habitat," Janette Burton, Sedgemoor's Landscape Officer, told

Sunday's event will be held between 10.30am and 3.30pm, with the event starting with a meeting in the nature reserve's car park at 10.30am.

Volunteers are asked to wear appropriate clothing, including protective gloves, and to bring a packed lunch.

Berrow Dunes has long been recognised as an important area for nature conservation. The reserve, owned and managed by Sedgemoor District Council, is included within the Berrow Dunes Site of Special Scientific Interest. The site supports one of the most diverse floras in Somerset, with at least 270 species of flowering plants.

More information about conservation events like this at Berrow Dunes are available by calling 0845 408 2540.


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