THE Mayor of Rushmoor, Cllr Brian Jupp, went to the Birchbrook Reserve this week to show his support for the work being done there.

A ceremony was held to unveil a new information board, which will inform visitors about the history and importance of the site, before the mayor was given a tour of the reserve.

Antonia Hebbert, chairman of the Cove Brook Greenway Group, said: "The nature area is on an old allotment site and it is being run as a nature reserve by the group.

"When the mayor was there, he saw a slow-worm and a number of butterflies and moths. There are also a variety of woodland birds such as jays there."

The information board was paid for with a Millennium Awards for All grant, which the Cove Brook Greenway Group applied for in 2000.

Antonia continued: "It's a lottery thing basically. The board has taken a long time to come through but it's up for people to see now.

"We have work parties looking after the area, looking after the hedge we planted, and we get various numbers of people visiting the site, but we're hoping to encourage people to use it and get local schools and scout groups down here.

"We do have equipment that we can lend to schools and other group leaders.

"We also have a pack with different activities to do, which is aimed at primary level."

The Birchbrook Reserve is open to everyone but people are asked to leave their dogs behind as there are often groups of children visiting.

Visitors should also be careful when walking through the site as the ground is very uneven.

To find out more about the Cove Brook Greenway Group, or to get an activity pack, call Antonia Hebbert on 01252 512634.