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Green sites given reserve status

21 November 07 11:23 GMT

Two green sites in Manchester are to be designated as local nature reserves.

Boggart Hole Clough in Charlestown and Highfield Country Park in Levenshulme will now be declared protected habitats for many animal and plant species.

There are already four nature reserves in the city - Chorlton Water Park, Blackley Forest, Clayton Vale and the Chorlton Ees and Ivy Green site.

Manchester City Council said the reserves provided opportunities for local people to learn about nature.

The awards were granted after the hard work of friends of parks' groups and local organisations.

Councillor Mike Kane said: "The sites chosen so far have been selected because of their rich flora and fauna and strong friends' groups.

"The designation of local nature reserve status for Boggart Hole Clough and Highfield Country Park is great news for the two sites.

"These two sites have a diverse mix of habitats and wildlife and provide a variety of leisure activities, such as walking and conservation activities.

"I hope more people will become involved in enjoying these two areas and I'd like to congratulate the friends groups on both sites for making the designation possible."

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