Call to create city's first nature reserves
Politicians are being urged to back moves to create Hull's first officially designated nature reserves.
At the moment, there is not a single designated Local Nature Reserve in the city, but a study by ecology experts has identified three potential sites.
They say land at the Bransholme fishing lake off Noddle Hill Way, and Rockford Fields in east Hull are both "ecologically excellent".
The former Calvert Lane railway sidings in west Hull are rated "ecologically outstanding".
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All three sites were identified after the first citywide study of its kind.
The survey, by Derbyshire-based consultant ecologists Penny Anderson Associates, found almost all the ecologically important sites in Hull had no active conservation management, while three had been destroyed by recent development.
They were the Golf Links Road allotments and railway sites south of Sculcoates Lane and south of the former Sculcoates Power Station.
The report submitted to Hull City Council, said: "Superficially, the city of Hull is a highly-developed urban area with few obvious opportunities for wildlife.
"On closer inspection, however, the city is, ecologically speaking, very rich and diverse and boasts an integrated network of green spaces that facilitates the movement of wildlife.
The study identified 13 sites for future conservation management work.
And it also highlighted 18 sites facing potential problems caused by two invasive species recorded during the study – Japanese knotwood and giant hogweed.
The report is due to be discussed by the council's cabinet later this month.