News - Media release: £100,000 Funding to Protect Bournemouth's Heathland Habitats

NEW - 16th January 2013

NEW - 16th January 2013

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
14th January 2013
RE: Media release: £100,000 funding to protect Bournemouth's heathland habitats

Michael.

Thank you and have to agree with your comments, weather forecast for the next three years if the reports are anything to go by don't sound very encouraging.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail Reply from Michael Rowland, Parks Manager - Development at Bournemouth Borough Council
14th January 2013
RE: Media release: £100,000 funding to protect Bournemouth's heathland habitats

Dear Cllr Ron,

We may need to undertake further works on the section path between the boardwalk and the fishing platform. I spoke with Martyn Sexton today, we will take a good look at the path as it dries out and assess what we can do. If winters like this one are anything to go by we may struggle perennially with this section of path as it lies lower than the rest of the reserve!

Kind Regards,
Michael Rowland, Parks Development Manager, Bournemouth Parks - Bournemouth Borough Council

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Michael Rowland, Parks Manager - Development at Bournemouth Borough Council
11th January 2013
RE: Media release: £100,000 funding to protect Bournemouth's heathland habitats

Michael.

Know we now have secured the funding to repair / support that section of erosion to the bank by the safety fence, appreciate nothing now can happen until hopefully river levels drop, [ie in the Spring ]. Have we managed to secure any financial help to repair the present path from the Boardwalk to fishing platform? I see that section of the path close to the fishing platform that we helped with Richards contribution in the summer of 2011 has held up pretty well to the heavy floods, with just a small section of that path material made loose.

Any update appreciated.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Media Release: £100,000 funding to protect Bournemouth's heathland habitats

Funding has been secured by Bournemouth Borough Council to bring forward two heathland protection projects in the town.

£100,000 has been awarded to the borough from a fund aimed at reducing pressures on sensitive heathland habitat. The funding will be used to extend the popular boardwalk on the cliff top dunes at Hengistbury Head by 300 metres and to undertake bank stabilisation works, woodland regeneration and footpath improvements along the River Stour at Muscliff, which have suffered from erosion in recent years.

The two projects will commence in the Spring, with works being staged throughout the year to accommodate wildlife breeding periods on these important habitat sites.

Councillor Mark Anderson, the Council's Green Champion and member of the Heathland Executive Group, said: "Both the Stour Valley and Hengistbury Head are very popular with residents and visitors, with an estimated one million visitors attracted to Hengistbury Head each year alone. These projects will reduce pressure on the adjacent heathland by improving access on these popular sites, whilst at the same time ensuring our other wildlife habitats are protected including rare species such as the Natterjack Toad and the recently re-introduced Sand Lizard.

"Since the boardwalk was introduced a few years ago we have received excellent public feedback and many requests for an extension to the boardwalk. We are thrilled that we now have the funds available to further improve access and protect the fragile dune habitats."