Pond for great crested newts in new wildlife area

Coun Bev Murray
Coun Bev Murray

A field is set to become a haven for both wildlife and people living nearby.

Chorley Council is improving the land near The Cedars, in Eaves Green, to create better wildlife habitats, entrances and footpaths.

Consultations showed residents did not want play equipment there.

So instead there will be stone footpaths, kissing gates, timber post and rail fencing around the ponds, signage, benches and bins.

A level grassed area will be created for use as an informal kick-about area and a new pond will be created to provide an additional habitat for great crested newts.

Under a new management plan for the site, the meadow areas will be mown on an annual basis to enhance the site’s wildlife habitats.

Coun Bev Murray, who oversees parks and open spaces for the council, said: “The funding for this is from housing developers to provide off-site play and open space in the area. Following consultations with local residents, we now plan to improve the wildlife habitats already on the site and to improve the entrances and footpaths to create a managed wildlife area that people can enjoy.

“This grassed area is home to great crested newts which are a protected species, but we’ve now got permission from Natural England for the work to go ahead, so the first job is to put up newt protection fencing and this should be starting shortly.”