Nature reserve's spring clean approaches

Chessel BaySouthampton's only Local Nature Reserve, Chessel Bay, is due for another spring clean. Situated on a bend on the river Itchen, the Bay tends to accumulate large quantities of rubbish. The council and volunteers will be meeting at the end of Quayside Rd on Saturday March 17 to have another go at clearing the foreshore and woodland.

Chessel Bay is not only a Local Nature Reserve (LNR), it’s also part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA), in recognition of its importance for wildlife. And ‘clean-ups’ matter - litter is not only unsightly, but is a hazard to wildlife.

If you'd like to help, come along between 10am and 2pm on the day, wearing sturdy clothing. Last autumn over one and half tons of rubbish was removed, so the hard work and effort people put in is very much worthwhile.

Under 16s need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please note there are no toilets on site and parking is very limited.

The website for Chessel Bay is: <>

Chessel Bay

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