Joy at Bystock Pools improvement funding

PUBLISHED: 12:30 04 March 2017

Bystock Nature Reserve

Bystock Nature Reserve

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An Exmouth beauty spot is set to undergo improvements this year, following a vote from shoppers.

Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) is delighted to announce that Bystock Pools nature reserve has bagged £12,000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

Tesco launched the second round of its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 being awarded to local outdoor community projects.

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. Devon Wildlife Trust has been awarded £12,000.

Mike Tracey, a volunteer with the Exmouth and Bystock Devon Wildlife Trust Local Group, said it has always known that residents in Exmouth love Bystock, which he said they proved when the appeal to purchase the reserve became the most successful in DWT’s history.

“Now they have done it again, and we are absolutely delighted that so many people share our desire to make Bystock even better than it is already for both people and wildlife,” he said.

Work will now begin on the project to improve Bystock nature reserve for visitors.

DWT plans to install new bridges to improve access from the woods to the long pond and to construct some steps on the steeper slopes – so more visitors can enjoy more of the reserve.

A new welcome sign will be installed and replacement interpretation boards will present the information on Bystock’s wildlife and the paths people can use to explore. The access improvements are expected to be in place by summer 2017 with the interpretation materials to follow later in the year.

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