AN Inverclyde nature reserve is set for £200,000 worth of improvements which will aim to boost its biodiversity and make it even more attractive for visitors.

Inverclyde Council has commissioned the Green Action Trust to carry out a range of works at the Coves Reservoir Local Nature Reserve (LNR) beauty spot, which borders Greenock and Gourock.

The project will include path improvements, management of the existing woodland blocks, planting of new woodland areas, removal of invasive and non-native plants, and creation of a species-rich grassland area.

The significant investment is designed to enhance Coves LNR as a great place for people and nature.

The council says that the upgrade ties in with the objectives of Inverclyde Council’s climate adaptation strategy, which aims to address the 'global and national biodiversity emergency' and climate change challenge.

Work at the reserve is due to start this month and it will continue over a period of nine weeks.

Councillor Michael McCormick, who is the local authority's convener of environment and regeneration, said: “We have so many wonderful natural, outdoor spaces, including the Coves Local Nature Reserve, and it’s important we do all we can to ensure they remain in top condition.

“This significant investment in the site will boost biodiversity and make it even more attractive for residents and visitors, in line with the council’s environmental commitments and ambitions to make Inverclyde an even better place to live and for people to visit.”

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Mike Batley, from project delivery partners Green Action Trust, told the Tele that they are delighted to be working with the council on the initiative.

Mr Batley said: “It is so important to be able to work with local authority partners to bring improvements to local greenspaces so that as many people as possible can continue to enjoy them.

“Project such as this have never been more vital and we are delighted to be helping Inverclyde Council deliver its benefits, in line with the aims of the wider Central Scotland Green Network.”

The council has advised walkers that there will be some short-term disruption whilst the work takes place, but the site will remain open throughout.

This project is supported by the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund, managed by NatureScot.