How a lawnmower is making a home for wild birds

A giant mower will help to clear the way for declining bird species at Brockholes nature reserve in Preston.

Thursday, 19th January 2017, 11:13 am
Updated Thursday, 19th January 2017, 12:22 pm
Reserve Officer Duncan Goulder mows a patch of dense rush. Lapwing need a new habitat

The mower is towed by a quad bike meaning it can get into areas of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust reserve that have proved problematic in the past.

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Funded by the Lancashire Environmental fund and the Friends of Brockholes Nature Reserve, the £6,720 mower will be great for lapwing and redshank - two of the priority species which are concerning Wildlife Trust officers. Andy Rowett, fund manager, said: “Specialist kit like flail mowers are vital to manage habitat for the diverse wildflower meadows and birdlife at Brockholes.”