Help with Chessel Bay spring clean

The spring clean at Chessel Bay Local Nature Reserve takes place this Saturday (March 27) so why not lend a hand?

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Now the days are lengthening, it’s time for the spring clean at Chessel Bay Local Nature Reserve.

Chessel Bay is a very special place for wildlife, in particular it is an important feeding site for over-wintering wading birds. As well as redshank and curlew, little flocks of dunlin can often be seen along the waters edge, probing the mudflats for food. Brent geese and godwits have also been spotted, and sometimes the occasional orange and blue flash which signals the presence of a kingfisher. A recent count of 170 dunlin was noted by Southampton Local History Society this February.

However, the Bay suffers from considerable amounts of debris along the strandline and among the reeds, which is not only unsightly but harmful to wildlife. Most of this is discarded plastic — unfortunately a common problem on many beaches and even in the oceans, miles away from human habitation. This March, Friends of Chessel Bay are teaming up once more with the City Council to rid our Bay of the accumulated rubbish.

If you can help on Saturday 27th March, turn up between 10am and 2pm at the end of Quayside Road and lend a hand — we’d love to see you. Do wear sturdy clothing (this is not an occasion for your diamond tiara!). Under 16’s need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Note that parking is limited and there are no toilets on site.

For more information phone the Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre tel: 023 8067 1921 or look at the website

Rose Nicole

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