Hersey Nature Reserve is under threat from developers!
There is a petition to get this development stopped here:
If you care about the future of Hersey Nature Reserve please sign this petition.
Sea View Yacht Club want to take over part of the Reserve and use it as a boat park so they can build ‘facilities’ on the land they have recently bought to the west of the entrance to the Reserve and currently use as a boat park.
Why? The Commodore told members of the yacht club that to “alleviate pressures on our current Club House and perhaps provide some quieter time for those who are less enthused with cadets charging around during our peak summer training season … we are engaging with a number of vested interests to see if we can find a way to allow SVYC to occupy further land as a boat park” because “the area we now currently own is only half of what we originally wanted (the other half having been leased on a long lease to the IWCC by the freeholder).” There is no mention that this ‘other half’ is part of the Hersey Nature Reserve.
Taking over part of a Nature Reserve as a boat park is not only unjustifiable in terms of the Island’s Core, Green and Community Strategies, it is entirely unnecessary – within the ‘Beach Hut’ development to the east of the Reserve, which Sea View Yacht Club members supported en masse, there is an enormous, unused, bespoke dinghy park.
The freeholder of this unused dinghy park is the same freeholder who leases the land to the Council and from whom the yacht club has purchased their boat park.
PLEASE HELP TO PROTECT THIS WONDERFUL NATURE RESERVE.
PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION WHICH LETS OUR COUNCILLORS KNOW YOU ARE OPPOSED TO ANY PROPOSAL THAT THE ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL ALLOW SEA VIEW YACHT CLUB TO USE/OCCUPY/MANAGE OR LEASE ANY PART OF THE HERSEY NATURE RESERVE, DUVER ROAD, SEAVIEW [LAND REGISTRY TITLE No. IW54973].
30/6/16 – 6/7/16
With the permission of Isle of Wight Council and the support of Natural England, Friends of Hersey Nature Reserve arranged for the Reserve to be surveyed as part of the Isle of Wight Bat Project.
The survey was managed by the Isle of Wight Bat Group who were supported by volunteers from Friends of Hersey Nature Reserve. It was a fascinating, magical experience. Preliminary results are posted on the Bat Survey 2016 page.
Important conservation/enhancement/maintenance work is currently being undertaken in the southern sector of the Reserve and you may see a bulldozer working and smoke from fires over the next 10 days or so.
1. The ditch along the south-eastern boundary has silted up badly and is being cleared. It will improve the habitat for both water birds and voles.
2. Reeds, which have encroached into the grazing field, are being cut and burned; fencing and gates are being secured so that the field can be used safely for grazing. Well managed grazing helps to increase bio diversity. An increase in areas of bare ground is beneficial because many insects rely on these areas for living and foraging and the presence of these insects improves the habitat for birds.
The work is being done now in order not to disturb the vole breeding season, the imminent arrival of our summer migrants and the local nesting season. It also means that grazing should be able to recommence on the meadow at the end of the summer.