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Welcome to the web site for the village of Bowburn, County Durham, a former mining community, less than 4 miles to the South of Durham City in the North East of England. A warm welcome to our Internet community wherever you may be from. Please browse our pages and enjoy.
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More Snow On Way(27.12.09)

More snow is expected towards the end of the week causing problems for people celebrating the new year please be sensible drive carefully and book those taxis early on behalf of all at the village website we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and once again thank everyone for there support .


                                            Merry Xmas to old and new visitors

Drivers over limit(14.12.09)

The traffic survey on Tail upon End Lane (T-u-E) was complete; almost 60% of drivers were over the speed limit of 30mph

Snow Expected.(14.12.09)

Yes its that time of year snow is expected on high ground tonight with most people to see the snow on Thursday so please take care on the roads and wrap up well.

Partnership Meeting(14.12.09)

The next Bowburn Parkhill Partnership will be on tommorrow night at the communnity centre 6.30pm start.

Phase Two Nearly Completed.(31.11.09)

Most of Phase 2 is complete and the drainage systems have been tested. There is some seepage in the area of the cottage but that should be stopped in Phase 3. The base of the footpath is complete but the top coat will be done when all work are finished. Once connected CCTV for the park will be up and running immediately. The Co-op CCTV camera will be connected separately.

 Would you like a Dental Practice in Bowburn? (25.11.09)

Burgess and Hyder Dental Group are working in conjunction with the County Durham PCT to research and identify the current dental state and requirements of the Bowburn area.

Bowburn has been identified as an area of ‘high need’ for an NHS dentist by the County Durham PCT.

The location and opening date of the NHS dentist will be confirmed in early 2010.

To assist them in their research, Burgess & Hyder would appreciate the help of residents of the village by filling in a questionnaire

A copy of the questionnaire can be downloaded by clicking here, or you can pick up a form from any one of the following locations

  • Bowburn Pharmacy

  • Bowburn Hall Hotel

  • Community Centre

Once completed, the forms can be handed in to any of the locations above.

Burgess & Hyder Dental Group would like to thank you for your assistance.

Communitty Centre work done after xmas (08.11.09)

Despite some concern about Broadway show it was said that refurbishment works will not start until after Xmas which means that the ‘On Broadway’ concert will go ahead on 4 December please see below, tickets £2 and concessions £1. There was a request for Tombola Prizes and Food donations from the Bowburn and Parkhill Partnership for the concert as they are benefiting from the fundraising evening.Please support this musical and have a great night out.

 Caravan Thefts(09.11.09)

Latest figures upto 5 weeks before the 20th Octobers Bowburn and Parkhill Partnership meetings crime figures in Bowburn were reported that 1 Attempted Robbery followed by an arrest in the village plus 1 Burglaryand 8 Thefts with an arrest for a garage door but there have been repeated caravan thefts so please try to keep everything locked up in these cold winter days . 

 Christmas Show time (08.11.09)

A Christmas Concert is arranged at the Community Centre featuring On Broadway who will be doing hits from the shows plus some Christmas favourites.

Tickets can be purchased and reserved from the the centre (phone 0191 3770571)

Still a few Xmas Shopping Seats Left (08.11.09)

There are a few spaces left for the 3 Streets Xmas shopping trip to York on Nov 21st priced £12 phone 0191 3772802.

 Blackpool Illuminations(23.10.09)

On Saturday the 7th November 2009 there will be a bus leaving Bowburn co-op and heading to Blackpool to see the lights the bus will leave Blackpool at 7pm so you can even do some xmas shopping while you there .If anyone is intrested in going the price will be £14 for adults £12 for Pensioners and £9 for children if anyone is intrested you can either contact or ring Gary Hutchinson on 01913771681 to confirm your seat please note anyone drunk will not be allowed on the bus this is a family event and everyone is welcome but will also be on a first come first served basis .

 Orchid Society(22.10.09)

The North East of England Orchid Society will hold its agm at Bowburn Communnity Centre next tuesday at 7.30pm there will also be a talk called Jac Wubbens 50yrs in Orchids.

 Youth Club to get Facelift (21.10.09)

The local Youth club formerly the boys club will be getting a facelift in the half term this follows already lots of improvements inside for more information on the Youth club you can contact for more information .A Open day will also be held soon to show off the work that has been done .

 Children Beware(15.10.09)

According to the network site facebook people have been writing that a white van with blacked out windows has been seen around the area talking to children please let your children know as reports are they have been trying to persuade them to get into the van this has not been confirmed but is on facebook so please keep an eye on your children.

 Manager comes into Cooperage (13.10.09)

A new manager has come into the Cooperage after Jon left on Sunday Jon would like to thank everyone for there custom over the years Jon had a large dominoe and pool handicap on sunday and had a Karoke on Saturday where the locals turned out in force .Jon said if it had been like that all the time then he would have probably stayed in but has enjoyed his time in the pub.

 Fish shop re-opens (12.10.09)

The village fish shop has re-opened after some work inside the shop including turning the range around since Kevin Davison formerly of Brandon has come into the shop he has now done both in and out and is happy with the way things are going.

 Flowerpots Stolen in Village (11.10.09)

A number of flower pots have been stolen from bungalows in the village lately and local people are furious with names been mentioned around the local pubs .The message is dont get involved and let the police deal with it.

Anyone with information please call your local police  A.S.A.P

 Do you want to go Xmas Shopping? (11.10.09)

'Three streets' group are having a Christmas shopping trip to York on Saturday 21st November, leaving from outside Bowburn Community Centre at 8.30 am. Price £12

Anyone interested phone 0191 3772802  A.S.A.P

Fun Day Meeting Cancelled (05.10.09)

A fun day meeting organised for tomorrow night has had to be cancelled  Local people are hoping to get a Fun Day organized in Bowburn next summer. The first meeting was to start planning this was to be on Bowburn Football field this Tuesday (October 6), starting at 7.30pm.but has had to be cancelled another meeting will be organised shortly but the people organising it are waiting on news that the football field where it is to be held is been re-laid next year as new drainage is laid For information, 0n the fun day you can email more details will appear here soon.

Monthly meetings.(05.10.09)

Future meetings of the Bowburn & Parkhill Community Partnership and of Cassop-cum-Quarrington Parish Council will be on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st, starting at 6.30pm and 7pm respectively, both in Bowburn Community Centre

Community centre.(05.10.09)

Tenders are due to be opened this Friday, October 9 for the first phase of Bowburn Community Centre’s refurbishment. This will include a new gas boiler and electrical re-wiring, work on which should then start within about a month.

Rocket was set to be cleaned(05.10.09).

The campanile (bell tower) of Christ the King Church, better known as the “rocket”, was set to be cleaned next Thursday (October 15). before the wind blew it over on Saturday

Banner outings.(05.10.09)

Bowburn’s Centenary Banner took part in a mining exhibition at Houghton-le-Spring last Saturday (October 3). Its next outing is to the Thomas Hepworth memorial service, at Heworth, on Saturday October 17.

Church Supper (04.10.09)

There will be a pie and peas supper in the Christ the King church hall on Tuesday (October 6), starting at 7.00pm. For tickets, 'phone Maureen Robinson on (0191) 377-0814.

 A Landmark is gone!! (03.10.09)

The high winds certainly took their toll today blowing over the church spire. The 'Rocket' , as it was nicknamed county wide, ended up on the floor next to it's metal base. Luckily no one was hurt.

spire blown down

church & spire

 How it used to look

pictures courtesy of G Stoker

close up of spire

Ironically, the spire was scheduled to be professionally cleaned on 15th October!!


Bowburn Lady Mugged On Street (21.09.09)

News is coming in that a Bowburn lady was mugged this morning at a local bus stop .Police are appealing for witnesses .Reports unconfirmed are that Police have arrested a local youth .Reports say that The lady was knocked to the ground before the mugging.

 Bowburn Fund reaches £100,000 (21.09.09)

A fund set up to raise money for a local boy who caught meningitis and lost both legs and his finger tips has now gone over the £100,000 barrier, despite needing alot more money the family cannot thank everyone enough for there support to read Robbies story and catch up with the latest news visit his website above at the top of this page

 Youth FC Join (20.09.09)

Bowburn Youth FC get a new web site and join the village portal.

You can access the site from the sports page or directly at:

 Banner Exhibition (05.09.09)

About 40 banners will be on display in Bowburn Community next Saturday (September 12), in an exhibition entitled “Celebrating Miners' Lodge Banners”. This is the third year an event has been organized here, as part of the national Heritage Open Days weekend. Last year it attracted over 300 visitors. Admission is free. Open 10am till 4pm. Refreshments available.

Train Collectors? (05.09.09)

The toy and train collectors meet at Bowburn Community Centre this Sunday, September 6th.

Johnston School Admissions (05.09.09)

There is to be a public meeting concerning the Admissions Process for Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, at Bowburn Community Association on Wednesday, September 10th, starting at 7pm.

This will be a chance to answer questions, and feedback on where things stand, and what can still be done. 

Time is extremely tight for the parents of children in the new Year 6, as the admissions process for next year starts in mid September, and if the Council are to be able to do anything for this cohort, they need to act soon.

Bowburn Youth F.C. Take Children to Flamingo Land (26/08/09)

Bowburn Youth Football club took its children free to Flamingo Land Today over 100 people took up the offer and left from the community centre this morning which is probably why Bowburn was quieter than normal today at 8am, arriving at 10am.

Committee members said that it seemed everyone enjoyed themselves especially the children as it was free if they were members of the club, others got big discounts , the buses, Lees Coaches, arrived back at about 7.15pm and despite our famous British weather is was a very successful day which shows why the club is growing all the time. Bowburn Youth Football club has gone through hard times over the years but now seems to be going in the right direction with the present committee, one committee member said,  we have never said we are a perfect club but listen to everyone including the children to do the best we can and a day where we give like today can only prove the children come first ,we will try to organise other events once again if not free hopefully big discounts, lots of children have left in the past but we seem to be getting a lot of them back which means we must be doing something right and new children are arriving all of the time. like i have said we make mistakes but hopefully we can learn from them and today we hopefully got it right but next time we will try to do it bigger and better. On behalf of the club, thank you to everyone who made this a success especially Martin, Joanne and Alan Richardson who worked hard behind the scenes. 

John set to leave Cooperage (25/08/09)

Local lad John Guarnaccio is set to leave the Cooperage public house on the main street the signs went on the front of the building last week as rumours circulated that the money is just not about and John only been able to pay for rent and stock .John has helped different groups like the darts and pool teams as well as the Cooperage football team over the years and the website would like to wish him all the best for the future .A number of people are interested in taking over according to our sources but this is to be confirmed and with the Hare and Greyhound already boarded up Bowburn could do without another.

Park improvements. (25/08/09)

Work started this week (week-ending August 29) on the next phase of improvements to Bowburn Park. Drainage works will be done first, followed by footpaths, lighting and CCTV. The top footpath through the allotments will be temporarily closed to pedestrians from September 10.

BOWBURN Banner group (25/08/09)

 Bowburn Banner Group meets on Wednesday (September 2) to finalize plans for this year’s exhibition of miners’ lodge banners in Bowburn Community Centre on Saturday, September 12. 

BOWBURN Cup match. (24/08/09)

 The Cooperage FC meet West Rainton at home in a cup match this Sunday (August 30). Kick-off at 10.30

Drugs Raid Hits Village (28/07/09)

Bowburn was hit with a drugs raid at 7 oclock this morning in Philip Avenue one local person saw Police near to the Griffiths Court Junction thank you to a newsspotter for letting the website know for obvious reasons I have not put his name if you hear any news then let us know at

Alan Heightley Remembered by village

The village turned out again today in the rain for the annual remembrance of Alan Heightley a popular lad who lived in the village 40 people entered a golf tournament and there was also events happening in the Cooperage Pub today and night .Clive Mcfeggann won the golf tournament.

Rain Causes Problems

Rain caused lots of roads in the village to be flooded last night and this morning as it kept on  coming down. Also some houses were badly damaged as water came in under the doors and through windows and damaged roofs .Links into Durham were also closed as the wear broke its banks in a number of locations and the main slip road onto the motorway looked more like a river as emergency services worked overtime to try to keep traffic flowing but the water was really the only thing flowing for a few hours.

Banner Day A Success

It was a very good day and enjoyed by all at the Durham Gala .Bowburns banners were not only followed through the village but also into Durham where buses were also laid on for people to get there .In front of The Royal County Hotel the band played three songs including a very popular we are on the way to Amarillo where the crowds joined in before going onto the show field ,also special thanks should go to the organisers of the roads been closed in the village this year as they were shut and opened in no time at all letting the traffic flow . There was three banners this year including Bowburns own banner ,the Junior school banner and also the Tursdale Mechanics banner that raised a few eyebrows to say the least .The banners were lifted from the show field at 3pm and led through DURHAM once again before heading back for the buses and back to the village.

Park Vandalised (22/06/09)

Bowburns new park has been vandalised sometime today with parts of the safety floor pulled up. Local children have been enjoying themselves lately and soil around the edge of the park has been rolled and grassed over the last few days with stones and rocks also been skipped  if anyone has any information please inform the police a.s.a.p.

Where has our seat gone?(21/06/09)

A number of people have asked recently where the seat has gone near to the entrance to Bowburn Hall one resident recently said" I have been sitting there years watching the traffic on the motorway then first of all they let the place get overgrown you cant even see the road signs then they come along and shut the footpath and move the seat surely this can be tidied up and the seat replaced and I bet this doesnt go on the website " well as promised it has this is a village website so your views are more than welcome and this should have probably gone on the forum but there you go.

School Centenary (20/06/09)

The 100th Birthday of Bowburn Infant School will be celebrated on Friday (July 10th). The event will be officially launched at 1.30pm and this will be followed by various children’s activities, to mark the occasion.

Bowburn Youth FC (20/06/09)

Bowburn Youth FC will hold its annual presentation night on Saturday 27th June at Bowburn W.M.C. where it will be free to get in and there will also be a raffle buffet and disco with the doors opening at 7pm If any child is intrested in joining the club please email or check our website at for more details and contacts.Good luck to all players .

Litter Pick (15/06/09)

The next Parish Council litter pick is on Saturday  (July 4th). Anyone interested in joining in can just turn up, at 9.30am in the Community Centre car park, or ’phone Sylvia Raine first, on 0191-377-2728

Safety Days (10/06/09)

Monday 15 June to Saturday 20 June at The Gates shopping centre, Durham City, next to Holland and Barrat. Mon - Fri: 10.30 - 2.30pm Sat: 10.30 - 3.30pm (Exact times of items to be confirmed)

Monday 15:         SECURITY Home, Shed, Garage, Garden

Tuesday 16:        PERSONAL SAFETY In the home; Out shopping; In the community

Wednesday 17:  ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR Dealing with it; Damage; Graffiti; Street drinking; Off road bikes.

Thursday 18       ROGUE TRADERS Bogus callers; Bogus Charity Collectors; Door to door sellers

Friday 19            VEHICLE SECURITY Car security, Bike security; Cycle security Saturday 20 COMBINED THEMES

Mayors Golf Day (10/06/09)

Mayor’s Charity Golf Day takes place on Friday 3rd July. For more information or to enter a team, please contact Jill Wood on 0191 301 8226 or email

 Hendersons Celebrates 40 YEARS (06.06.09)

The Norther Echo this week has local firm Henderson doors celebrating 40 years which after surving a closure threat last year and a fire previousley shows the firm has turned it round.Bosses are planning to invest over £900,000 pounds over the next 3 years.PC Henderson was founded in 1921 before moving to the village in 1969.

 Next Blood Donor Session (19.05.09)

The next blood donor session for Bowburn is Friday 29th May at 2.30pm till 4pm then 4.30pm till 7pm at Bowburn Community Centre, you can call 0845 7711711 to make an appointment to save waiting on the day.

3 Streets Sale (13.05.09)

3 streets group is holding a book sale on Sat. 16th May in the Cooperage car park between 10am and 1pm. CD's, Videos and DVD's also on sale.

Weather permitting

Cape Development info (11.05.09)

Below is a proposed plan of the development at the Cape Universal site with entrance shown from Main Road

Grange Plan

The complete document can be downloaded by clicking HERE

Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file

New website( 28/03/09)

Bowburn Youth fc has a new website please check it out on our sport pages

Village Care Under Threat (12/03/09)

News is coming in that Village Care and other local companies have lost out to other companies one from London to take over careing for the people of our village and surrounding areas I am hoping to get a statement from Mr Lee Walker who set up Village Care soon but apparently every so many years companies after re-apply for contracts for careing in the surrounding areas but this time Village Care has lost out even though they have one of the best repretations in the North East below is a recent letter wrote on our own forum from one person WHO WANTS Village Care to continue careing for him and not someone from London .

please leave your comments and support on our forum.

Hello everyone, As some of you may know I am disabled, I receive a care package from the above named company. But in June the Council is changing the way it gives out the work to the care companies. Village Care is going shut down unless people who use there services at the moment don't support the company. The only way to keep it going is for everyone who uses them to change to direct payment scheme. I urge anyone who either uses or knows someone who uses there services to get in touch with your social worker and ask to be changed to direct payments. If you want to know anymore info about this you are quite welcome to contact. One of the companies that may take over this area is based in London!!!! Lets keep local care for local people!! Thanks for taking time to read this post P.S. Is it possible for something to be posted on the front page of the website please. Ian

Well Ian as requested here is your own letter and hopefully we can help sort this out for you and many others like you.


Bowburn’s Talent. (13/03/09)

The Thurston Project, run by members of Durham University’s Student Community Action, will give a performance of dancing, singing, acting, comedy and puppetry, at Bowburn Community Centre TONIGHT (Friday March 13), from 7 till 8.30pm. Helped by Jessica Collings, Elaine Gray and other dedicated volunteers, around forty local 8 to 12-year-olds have been working on creating their own acts for this show, since their successful “Musical Extravaganza” last Christmas. Admission is free but donations very welcome.

Begonia talk. (12/03/09)

Ian Donaldson will give a talk on Growing Begonias for the garden or show, in Bowburn Community Centre, on Tuesday (March 17). It starts at 7.30pm.

Monthly meetings. (11/03/09)

This month’s meetings of the Bowburn Community Partnership, Cassop-cum-Quarrington Parish Council and the Bowburn Local History Society will be held next week in Bowburn Community Centre, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 17, 18 and 19).

Junior disco(10/03/09)

The latest Under-13s Disco at Bowburn Community Centre will be held next Friday (March 20), 6.00–8.00pm. £1 children, 50p adults. Door prizes. Snacks and refreshments available.

Archaeology project. (09/03/09)

Members of the Crowtrees Heritage Group met archaeologist Penny Middleton again this week. The group is commissioning a study of the Crowtrees Nature Reserve, to find out what archaeological remains might be found, if a full dig can be organised. The study is looking mainly for signs of the 18th century Crowtrees Colliery, the railway incline and the hamlet which, with Quarrington Hill and Cold Knuckles, once served that colliery. The latest meeting was a second walk over the site itself, trying to link up visual features with those Penny has identified on old maps and other archive documents.

Community Centre.(09/03/09)

Members of Bowburn Community Association have now met officers of Durham City Council, following the shock revelation last month of the state of the Council’s Bowburn Regeneration Fund. The Association were hoping for a grant of £500,000 to help fund an extensive refurbishment of Bowburn Community Centre. Now, with Council assistance, they are prioritising the work most urgently needed. They are determined to make sure the Centre stays open and are confident that this will be achieved.

Litter pick. (08/03/09)

A team of Parish Council volunteers meets tomorrow for its monthly litter-pick. They meet at 9.30am in Bowburn Community Centre car park, on the first Saturday of every month. New volunteers are always welcome. For details, phone 0191-377-2728.

Fence trimmed. – (07/03/09)

Bowburn Youth Project has thanked the County Durham Probation Service’s Community Payback organisers, for work done at the DJ Evans Youth Club, near Burn Street. A high wooden fence has been reduced in height, on the advice of crime prevention advisers, and land around the youth club building has been tidied up.

BOBBY THOMPSON NIGHT in Bowburn (01/03/09)

Bowburn Youth FC are hoping to raise funds next week sat 7th march at Bowburn Crowtrees w.m.c. with a Bobby Thompson night .This should be a excellent night with great reviews with the object of the night to obviously raise funds for Bowburn Youth FCs children from the village ,also on the night there will be  Sunderland and Newcastle United shirts signed to be raffled if you would like to either go or buy raffle tickets for the shirts then you can contact the club for more details where Jayne the secretary can help you out .If you click on the sports link above then Bowburn Youth you can get the relevent details and telephone numbers Jayne would like to thank everyone for there support.

Bowburn Crowtrees wmc lose again (01/03/09)

BOWBURN Crowtrees fc who are bottom of the 4th division lost again today going down 2-1 to a late penalty at home to Kelloe Davy Lamp ,Bowburns other adult team The Cooperage did not have a game but entertain Washington Nissan next week at home in the 3rd divisions top of the table clash good luck to both teams from you can check out both teams and other sports teams from the village by visiting the sport pages via the link above.

COOP Broken into (28/02/09)

News is coming in that the Bowburn COOP was recently broken into from the back with cigarettes stolen police are apparently looking at cctv footage.

No Ohio Band (09/02/09)

No Ohio. – At its meeting on Thursday, January 29th, members of the Bowburn Banner Group discussed news that the Central Ohio Brass Band will not be coming to Durham this July. Some members of this band came last year, joining the Ohio Brass Band to march the Bowburn banner into the 2008 Miners’ Gala. They were so impressed that they went home determined to persuade their own band to come this year. However the economy then took a turn for the worse. The banner group is still hoping that “The Best Damn Band in the Land” – the Ohio State University Brass Band – will come in 2010.

Community Centre Dissapointment 09/02/09

Centre disappointment. – The Bowburn & Park Hill Community Partnership meeting on Tuesday (January 20) learned that funding for the refurbishment of Bowburn Community Centre has been delayed. A report expected to go to this month’s Durham City Council Cabinet had not been produced in time. A grant is sought, by Bowburn Community Association, from the £1.9m Bowburn Regeneration Fund, which was set aside in 2005 from the sale of Council land in Bowburn for housing. The grant was supported in principle last August by the Community Partnership, which endorsed a detailed application for £500,000 on 18 November. However the Council’s senior officers decided on December 2 that they needed more information about commitments made from the Regeneration Fund, before they could report to councillors. The Cabinet is now expected to consider the matter on February 18

Are you Dancing? (06.02.2009)

dance classes

Childrens Disco (29.01.2009)

disco poster

Bobby Thompson Night (26/01/2009)

On 7th March at Bowburn W.M.C. Bowburn youth football club present A Bobby Thompson Night tickets are £4 each and can be obtained from coaches and committee members or for more information you can email .This should be a brilliant night of entertainment .
There is also a raffle on the night where the prizes are newcastle and sunderland signed shirts.

BOWBURN Monthly Meeting. (15/01/2009)

The monthly meetings of Bowburn & Park Hill Community Partnership and Cassop-cum-Quarrington Parish Council will be held next week, on Tuesday and Wednesday (January 20 and 21), in Bowburn Community Centre.

 BOWBURN Crowtrees Heritage. (15/01/2009)

The Crowtrees Heritage Group last week met members of the research company, Archaeo-environment, who will be working with them on the history of Crowtrees Colliery. This 19th century colliery once played an important part in the local economy of Quarrington, the township whose main settlement later became Bowburn. Its site is now part of the Crowtrees Nature Reserve. The researchers will help work out which features of the colliery and its surrounding area might be worth further archaeological investigation – and which have been lost.

BOWBURN Bowburn collieries. (15/01/2009)

Members of Bowburn Local History Society will attend a meeting of the Durham County L.H.S. in Gilesgate Church on Saturday, January 24, when one of its members will give a talk on “Researching Bowburn Collieries”. The talk starts at 2pm.

Proposed work at Quarry (06.01.09)

Quarry plans.
Tarmac Ltd will have an all-day display in Quarrington Hill Community Centre on Thursday, January 8 about its review and proposed extension of quarrying at Old Quarrington and Cold Knuckles Quarries.
Their plans involve the removal of the ridge of land that carries the ancient bridleway between Old Quarrington and St Paul’s Church churchyard. That right of way would be diverted via the track that now runs along the bottom of Cold Knuckles Quarry and, some 10 to 15 years later, restored to a new ridge to be created 100 metres or so further north.
Tarmac plan to phase the work so that the new gap has a minimal impact on views across the Crowtrees vale during that period. They have also produced a detailed Environmental Statement, which covers all aspects of the work, including its effect on wildlife in and around the Crowtrees Nature Reserve, and the long-term restoration proposals