Creatures big and small at Wollaton Park are to be given extra protection as a large amount of the park has been designated as a nature reserve.
A total of 141 hectares of the 207 hectare park, which is well known for its 280 deer herd, its native and migratory birds, small mammals and invertebrates, have been given the special status.
The nature reserve status will protect habitats for wildlife and will benefit visiting nature lovers and members of the local community by giving opportunities to get involved and discover the wildlife on the site.
It is understood that Wollaton Park was chosen because it offers a wide variety of habitats including mature deciduous woodland, open water, bracken and long grassland, all of which support and provide homes for wildlife.
Councillor Dave Trimble, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said that the park is a great asset to the city of Nottingham.
He added: “The Wollaton Park Local Nature Reserve is great news for the local community and for the wildlife it contains.
“Protecting natural green spaces is doubly important because as well as providing a home for wildlife, it will hopefully encourage children and young people to get involved, take part in activities and learn about the variety and enjoyment which natural environments can provide.
“The Local Nature Reserve will certainly enhance the green space provided in Wollaton where people can relax, play, meet friends and unwind; it’s a great asset to the city of Nottingham.”
The announcement almost doubles the amount of green space in Nottingham which has been secured as Local Nature Reserve – with 13 other designated sites in the city among over 1500 across England.