Friends of City Bank Nature Reserve Opening

The launch of the new bridge Hare’s Leap in 2017.

City Bank Nature Reserve 
It’s very exciting that Cirencester is about to launch its first local nature reserve in the City Bank area of Watermoor on 5 September. The local Friends of City Bank group has been working with the Town Council over the past five years to develop a vision for the area that meets the needs of the wildlife and people alike.

Natural England supports local communities to create Local Nature Reserves which are fit for both people and wildlife and are of special interest locally. A key requirement is they must be publicly accessible where visitors will not damage or disturb wildlife.

Our vision is for City Bank area to be a great space which we all can enjoy and which is a safe sanctuary for our fantastic local wildlife. City Bank is a very special area with wild orchids, a wide range of birds and other creatures, and a fantastic open space for families to enjoy. Although the Town Council will oversee the management plan of the reserve, the Cirencester Wildlife Group (as part of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust), Friends of City Bank and the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) will help the Council manage the site.

If you are interested in helping to manage this great space, contact focb_cirencester@hotmail.com for more information.

Melanie Knetsch – Chair of Friends of City Bank

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