A campsite outside Pershore has made investments to support local wildlife.

Bowbrook Lodges, just off the A44 near Pinvin, has been working with the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust to build a nature reserve and wetlands on site.

Joint owners and brothers, Richard and Matt Jaques, approached the trust in 2019 for help in enhancing their site to support wildlife, in turn making it a more attractive destination for visitors.

Work commenced at the 25-acre camping and glamping site in the winter of 2020, with the wetlands being completed in Spring of this year.

Richard said: “We planted the trees in 2020 with the help of Worcester Wildlife Trust to improve sustainability and provide a truly unique area to explore.

“It is now landscaped with 2500 trees, 250 fruit trees, lakes and wetlands and a one-mile-long path for easy walks.”

Sean Webber, officer for Natural Networks, said: “The Natural Networks project at Bowbrook Lodges has really helped to transform the site and has created valuable habitat for wildlife.

“The site now offers a diverse range of habitats for wildlife which will become increasingly valuable as they establish and mature.”

He added: “The new woodland margins contain a range of native trees and shrubs which will provide food and shelter whilst the new traditional orchards and meadows will provide lots of flowers and fruit.

“Traditional orchards can be a great habitat for wildlife, particularly birds and pollinators, and the site now has a wide range of fruit tree varieties, many of which were raised in Worcestershire and the surrounding counties.

“The project has also created some significant new wetland habitats, including a lake, a pond complex, and two large backwaters.

“The new wetlands complement the existing habitats of the Bow Brook (a Local Wildlife Site) and provide a haven for dragonflies, fish fry, and other aquatic species.”