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Friends of Bersted Brooks 

 

Bersted Brooks is a 19 hectare site comprising 3 fields alongside the north-east bank of the Aldingbourne Rife, between the road bridges in Rowan Way & Shripney Lane in Bognor Regis. The land is owned & managed by Arun District Council’s Parks & Green Spaces Department, with projects decided upon by the Friends of Bersted Brooks, often in direct response to requests from visitors to the Brooks. The area has a wide variety of valuable wildlife habitats including mature trees, hedgerows, ditches, scrub & wetland.

 

The group was formed by local people wanting to preserve Bersted Brooks as an area where, without too much interference to its natural state, wildlife would be protected by maintaining the site in such a way that it flourishes.  Some of the work has included sowing native meadow plants to encourage more insects & birds into the area. Future projects include renovating the old farm pond in one of the fields & possibly creating a reed bed, thereby improving the biodiversity of the area.

Since 2004 over 12,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted

Our Members share an interest in local wildlife, together with a keenness to preserve it before it’s gone forever, with the ultimate aim of making Bersted Brooks an area for education & recreation. However, we realise this is a long-term project that can’t be hurried. We have started to make the site accessible to visitors all year round by making some of the site ‘wheelchair friendly’, so that people with disabilities can enjoy the site too. In that respect The Friends of Bersted Brooks intend to continue to apply for grants to make the whole site accessible for all abilities, & have initially created a ‘proper paths’ in Field 1, which will be completed later in 2013.  Later it might be possible to construct walkways through some of the wetter areas of the site, but that is a long way off as yet.