Hope changes will help wildlife at Exmouth’s Maer

PUBLISHED: 10:10 04 August 2017

Exmouth's Maer Local Nature Reserve.

Exmouth's Maer Local Nature Reserve.

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Changes to how an Exmouth nature reserve is maintained should help encourage wildlife, it has been said.

Following advice from the East Devon District Council (EDDC) countryside team, grass on the Maer is being cut less regularly than before.

The nature reserve, which is owned and managed by EDDC, used to be mown extensively throughout the year, allowing walkers and dogs free-roam of the site, but the high footfall, particularly in summer, is said to have had a negative impact on a variety of species, including locally rare sea holly and a number of unusual solitary bees.

The change has formed several paths around the site, encouraging visitors to explore, whilst leaving other areas undisturbed so that rarer species can thrive.

EDDC’s Streetscene service lead, Andrew Hancock said: “East Devon’s recently adopted Green Space Plan sets out that we will proactively implement alternative mowing regimes across our sites to encourage biodiversity and wildflowers, whilst respecting the needs of the area.”

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