Trust warns of harm to Durleigh Brook wildlife

This is The West Country: Trust warns of harm to Durleigh Brook wildlife Trust warns of harm to Durleigh Brook wildlife

A WILDLIFE trust has said development around Durleigh Brook in Bridgwater could harm otters, water voles and other creatures.

The UK Wild Otter Trust says it is concerned about the impact of Summerfield Developments' project to build 120 homes to the south of Durleigh Road, and a separate project by Sedgemoor District Council called The Meads Eco-Park.

The housing development has received final planning permissions and will make a major contribution to the eco-park.

But Dave Webb, founder of the UK Wild Otter Trust, said: “Without a doubt the impact on the wildlife there, should they decide to develop the area at the bottom of The Meads, could cause detriment to the species held within it.”

A one-day survey carried out by the trust found evidence of the following animals frequenting the site; otters, water voles, mink, roe deer, swan mussel, kestrel, sparrowhawk and redwing.

The team found pathways in grassed areas, otter prints, discarded swan muscle shells and said they are confident there is at least one otter holt (den) in the area.

The survey report concludes: “The site surveyed would benefit from little or no disturbance due to the diverse and protected nature of the species discovered.

“We would recommend no walkways or buildings/play areas be placed in such a position that would/could become detrimental to the area's wildlife. We would not recommend the area be opened to walkers.”

Sedgemoor District Council said it has not received a copy of the report, so cannot comment upon the content.

However, a spokesman added: “The Meads Eco-Park concept is to improve habitats for wildlife and biodiversity, as well as improving accessibility to the area for the enjoyment of visitors.

“The separate planning consent granted for the proposals for 120 houses did consider robust consideration of all wildlife and biodiversity issues and does not form part of the Eco Park proposals.”

The Mercury contacted Summerfield Developments, but has not received a response.

However, there are a number of planning conditions in place to protect wildlife and their habitats in the area.

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1:36pm Thu 16 Jan 14

swjoduk says...

I do not understand all this opposition to the Meads Eco Park. This can only be a good thing in my opinion. It will better wildlife as well as giving people the opportunity to get closer to nature and exercise.

Longrun Meadows in Taunton which is a similar project has been a great success and is very popular with families, dog walkers, environmentalists, anglers etc
I do not understand all this opposition to the Meads Eco Park. This can only be a good thing in my opinion. It will better wildlife as well as giving people the opportunity to get closer to nature and exercise. Longrun Meadows in Taunton which is a similar project has been a great success and is very popular with families, dog walkers, environmentalists, anglers etc swjoduk

8:34pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Waterway says...

swjoduk wrote:
I do not understand all this opposition to the Meads Eco Park. This can only be a good thing in my opinion. It will better wildlife as well as giving people the opportunity to get closer to nature and exercise.

Longrun Meadows in Taunton which is a similar project has been a great success and is very popular with families, dog walkers, environmentalists, anglers etc
The recent report confirms the presence of various important species of wildlife. To build extensive housing and road infrastructure in an area of natural habit will only ensure one thing, the wildlife will move away to other natural areas or in time will simply cease to exist.
Swjoduk seem to suggest people will be able to get closer to the wildlife as happens in a similar project in Taunton.. Don't be confused, the Meads Eco park is different in so many different ways and if allowed to be developed as the Council proposes will in a few years see wildlife disappear from the area. Perhaps the clue is in the name Wildlife- lives in the wild not on or near large housing developments.
[quote][p][bold]swjoduk[/bold] wrote: I do not understand all this opposition to the Meads Eco Park. This can only be a good thing in my opinion. It will better wildlife as well as giving people the opportunity to get closer to nature and exercise. Longrun Meadows in Taunton which is a similar project has been a great success and is very popular with families, dog walkers, environmentalists, anglers etc[/p][/quote]The recent report confirms the presence of various important species of wildlife. To build extensive housing and road infrastructure in an area of natural habit will only ensure one thing, the wildlife will move away to other natural areas or in time will simply cease to exist. Swjoduk seem to suggest people will be able to get closer to the wildlife as happens in a similar project in Taunton.. Don't be confused, the Meads Eco park is different in so many different ways and if allowed to be developed as the Council proposes will in a few years see wildlife disappear from the area. Perhaps the clue is in the name Wildlife- lives in the wild not on or near large housing developments. Waterway

11:19am Wed 22 Jan 14

grisleyreg says...

With so much of the towns green space like Brewery Field and the Bristol Road Football pitches going to developers retaining a green lung such as the Meads is essential to the well being of residents.
The poorly named Eco park will see the majority of users arrive by car which will increase traffic and cause yet more pollution (not very eco) Parking will also be an issue unless Sedgemoor use even more precious green space for parking.
If anyone doubts this have a look at the amount of vehicles at Apex Park .
The cash that developers have to give away could be used in so many better ways rather than desecrating an area of calm and tranquillity.
With so much of the towns green space like Brewery Field and the Bristol Road Football pitches going to developers retaining a green lung such as the Meads is essential to the well being of residents. The poorly named Eco park will see the majority of users arrive by car which will increase traffic and cause yet more pollution (not very eco) Parking will also be an issue unless Sedgemoor use even more precious green space for parking. If anyone doubts this have a look at the amount of vehicles at Apex Park . The cash that developers have to give away could be used in so many better ways rather than desecrating an area of calm and tranquillity. grisleyreg

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