New Boardwalks Going In To Lower Moors Nature Reserve

wildlife trust boardwalkIslanders and visitors will enjoy improved access to nature reserves on St Mary’s from later this week.

The Lower Moors path is closed for a second day so a new 45m stretch of raised boardwalk can be laid.

Last year the Wildlife Trust received £62,000 in funding to carry out the AONB duties on behalf of the Council and this is part of that work.

The completed path will be higher than the previous wooden walkway, to protect it from flooding.

Murray Guy from the Wildlife Trust says it is fashioned out of non-toxic, British, recycled plastic.

An additional 25m raised walkway will form a bridge to the bird hide from the main Telegraph Road to Trench Lane path. And there’ll be a 45m boardwalk laid on the Higher Moors circuit too.

Despite signage warning that the path is shut, warden Darren Hart says a number of people have tried to get through. The sighting of the rare Great Blue Heron in the area on Monday proved too much of a temptation for birdwatchers.

But walkers are warned that they’ll be wading in ankle deep, thick, swampy mud as the original boardwalk has been pulled up.