the second Sunday of every month in 2005, BBC Gloucestershire's
Country Matters show will be reporting from Coombe Hill nature reserve.
programme, presented by Brian Bailey, will follow the life of the
reserve over the next twelve months. You'll be able to read regular
updates (and see Brian's latest pictures) here on the website.
just off the A38 between Gloucester and Tewkesbury, Coombe Hill
nature reserve is owned and managed by Gloucestershire Wildlife
site is home to an array of creatures: brown hares, harvest mice
and a variety of wintering wildfowl including lapwings and snipe.
you visit during January, you might spot visting birds such as fieldfares
and you whooper swans, and (if you're especially lucky) catch sight
of an otter in the canal.
Coombe Hill site is considered critically important to establishing
the Severn Vale as a major wetland conservation area. Since 1950,
95% of the country's wet grassland habitats have disappeared.
in 1985, the reserve currently covers 214 acres.
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