BBC Countryfile comes to Dothill Local Nature Reserve

The Friends and Junior Friends of Dothill Local Nature Reserve, along with their partners, The Environment Agency, Telford and Wrekin Council, Wellington Town Council, Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Dothill Primary School, welcomed Matt Baker and the BBC Countryfile team to the Reserve to film the work they and their partners have been doing on site.

The 'Junior Friends' showed Matt how to build a home for 'bugs and beasties', while the older 'Friends' showed off a posh 'des res' for a special bird and showed Matt pictures of a long-lost visitor to the site.

None of these visitors to the site would be there if the water was polluted. The 'Love Your Rivers' volunteers showed how they, with the help of the Environment Agency, had identified water pollution on site. These results had demonstrated the need to find misconnections of drains from houses and businesses, which the Environment Agency investigate.

A project to restore wetland habitat, which provides the added benefits of natural water filtration and some flood relief, was underway at the time of recording. The groundwork for this, undertaken by Telford and Wrekin Council and the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, is now complete.

The programme will be shown this Sunday evening, 25th March 2018. Join us there on our beautiful Reserve!


We are very pleased that the above programme is scheduled to be repeated on the evening of Sunday 30th June 2019.

If you wish to help us in the work we are doing on site, please contact us at:

Latest comments

29.10 | 09:14

Wellington UDC Sewage Works were just beyond the end of the blocks going north.

04.10 | 18:40

I think a water pipe or sewage pipe was supported on those blocks many years ago, they look pre war.

28.04 | 15:50

A big thank you to all you wonderful volunteers, what an amazing paradise you have developed.

03.04 | 14:38

What are the large concrete blocks that are along one of the paths in nature reserve walk please

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