Wildlife bonus for town

PUBLISHED: 12:21 22 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:23 06 May 2010

YOU can now take a walk on the wild side in Biggleswade. A new six hectare site has been specially designed by Bedfordshire County Council engineers and wildlife experts close to the Stratton Business Park. There is a lagoon which will protect the nearby

YOU can now take a walk on the wild side in Biggleswade.

A new six hectare site has been specially designed by Bedfordshire County Council engineers and wildlife experts close to the Stratton Business Park.

There is a lagoon which will protect the nearby business park in times of flooding by taking flood water away from the industrial estate to fill the lake and in the process create the perfect habitat for wildlife.

The site off Dunton Lane is also close to Biggleswade's Saxon Gate Leisure Centre, already a haven for wildlife such as ringed plovers, emperor dragonflies and bee orchids. The area is open to the public all year round as a bridleway runs down the length of the lagoon, giving visitors great views of the flower-filled grassland, marshland and woodland.

Bedfordshire County Council cabinet member for planning and economic growth Cllr John Scott said: "I am absolutely delighted that this new site is open for wildlife and people who live and work in Biggleswade.

"County council engineers and wildlife experts have designed a special site that not only protects businesses on the expanding Stratton Business Park but also provides a haven for the wildlife.

"It demonstrates the county council's dedication to finding a balance between providing new jobs at the growing business park, giving flood protection in a low-lying area and designing a public amenity where wildlife can thrive. It's well worth a visit.

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