OS REF:SK59271321

Berry Site 295 with River Soar to the left. May 2008

Date: 1st May 2008

Observers: Marion Vincent and Brian Verity

Location: Strip pf land by the River Soar

OS Ref: SK59271321

Map Title: Site 295

Owners: Not known.

At the time of our visit this strip of land was not accessible due to closure by British Waterways. There is a towpath for access but now closed due to erosion. It has been closed for months and it denies access to a really good area for wildlife.

This strip of land was created by the building of the A6 By-pass and used to be part of a field bordering the old A6, Site 290 First Home Field.

This would be an excellent site for a species record as it is mainly undisturbed, too small for use as grazing and fairly inaccessible by farm machinery. It has been fenced off from Site 294 Plumptree and a hedgerow now separates it from Site 296 Hamer, which is basically a public footpath. This could mean that the towpath will not be re-opened.

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