The Whitebridge Spinney boardwalk along the River Bourne has had a revamp.

Laverstock & Ford Parish Council has been improving sections of the river and installing new information boards showing the flora and fauna in the area.

The projects were funded jointly by the parish council and a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The information boards give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the ephemeral pond which appears each spring, along with water voles, egrets, and frogs and fish.

Currently, two more information boards are being installed further along the river. 

One will be alongside the path leading from the Laverstock schools through to London Road, which details some of the hard work of the Devenish Bradshaw Charitable Trust to restore habitats on the water meadows. 

Bundy Lane in Bishopdown Farm hosts the last board, looking out over the river as it skirts along the edge of Castle Hill Country Park. 

The boardwalk is also Stop 13 on the Salisbury Bee Trail.

You can download the Bee Trail app on your smartphone, or pick up a map from Five Rivers Leisure Centre in Salisbury, which will take you to many of these hidden areas in Salisbury where wildlife thrives. 

A leaflet with map of the Farm and Spinney Trail is also available from the café at River Bourne Community Farm, just across the road from the entrance to the boardwalk on Laverstock Road, or on their website:


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