On the verge

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East Riding residents are being given the chance to be wildlife wardens in a campaign to protect selected roadside verges.

The Country Mile Project is a joint venture by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and North Yorkshire County Council to care for verges which provide habitats for a wide range of wildlife.

Most verges have escaped the ravages caused by pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers and are relics of habitats once common in the countryside.

They are now under threat from fly tipping, the spread of non-native species, road salt and chemicals and the encroachment of scrub species.

The council hopes to involve local individuals, groups or a village community to become voluntary verge wardens who, as part of the Country Mile warden network will keep an eye on designated areas they walk or drive past on a regular basis.

For more information about becoming a warden, contact Michael Newton, biodiversity project officer, on (01482) 391719 or Michael.Newton@eastriding.gov.uk