Nature reserve carved out in urban jungle

IT is home to rare water beetles, grass snakes, snipe, cuckoos and lapwing, and now residents in Hull are being urged to enjoy the wildlife on their doorstep with the opening of the city’s first nature reserve.

The 48-hectare site on Noddle Hill, North Bransholme, was designated as a nature reserve last November along with Rockford Fields, in East Hull, a five-hectare meadow used as pasture by the Monks of Meaux over eight centuries ago.

The Noddle Hill, which also site encompasses a popular fishing lake, will be opened on Saturday by city MP Diana Johnson and the Lord Mayor of Hull, Coun Colin Inglis.

It is hoped a nature trail will be developed in the future.

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A photography competition, bird box building, and children’s activities will be staged on the day.

Bransholme East councillor Anita Harrison said: “After more than ten years of hard work by the Park Rangers, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the North Carr Conservation Group and the Bransholme East Ward members, the Noddle Hill wildlife area has been officially recognised as the city’s first Local Nature Reserve.”