Plans for bird hide at Morris’s Bridge
July 21, 2019
Shropshire Wildlife Trust recently purchased the fields at Morris’s Bridge with the view that they will become an increasingly popular attraction due to the interesting variety of bird species that they attract. Curlew and lapwing numbers have plummeted in the UK due to a loss of suitable breeding habitat but the fields, which remain wet throughout the year, provide essential refuge for both species. The fields are also a good site to spot teal, herons and wintering wading birds such as dunlin and sandpipers.
Working with Natural England, the Trust will be managing the fields to retain water by installing peat bunds around the site. The water management scheme has been designed to have no net effect on flooding. Access to the fields will be improved, as will parking facilities.
A consultation event took place on Saturday 15th June to allow interested parties to air their views on the plans and the overall response was very positive.
The fields will now be known as the Charles Sinker fields in dedication to Charles Sinker, who was a strong champion for the Meres and Mosses and wrote a key paper on the landscape of north Shropshire in 1962.
You can download the plans for the bird hide and fields by clicking on the links below.