2017 proved to be another successful year for Stockway North Nature Reserve in Nailsea, with visitor numbers of young people increasing by 12 percent to 255.

For the eighth year running the reserve received an ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ award from The Royal Horticultural Society and South West in Bloom for their contribution to the community. The award was in the outstanding category – the highest of five.

The Friends of Stockway North hosted activity visits from Primary Schools including St. Francis, Wraxall and Golden Valley and pupils took part in pond dipping, mini beast forays, plant identification, treasure hunts and quizzes, and an open day in May attracted 72 visitors.

The species list is impressive with 180plants; 35 birds; 15 butterflies and nine dragonflies/damselflies; frogs; newts; fungi; mammals and many invertebrates.

The Friends also worked towards trying to improve the biodiversity of the site by clearing part of the central ride and sowing native wildflower seeds, and building two ‘bug hotels’ to provide shelter and nest sites for invertebrates.

The group welcomed Amanda and Adrian Mead as new volunteers but they still need more help managing the reserve or assisting with visitor activities.

If you are interested, telephone Chairman Andrew Town on 01275 858064 or Secretary Pat Robinson on 01275 854628. You can also visit www.stockwaynorth.org.uk.