ENVIRONMENTALLY-UNFRIENDLY cyclists are damaging Kenilworth Common and putting wildlife at threat.
Warwick District Council is urging riders to stick to designated routes through the popular nature reserve, which is maintained by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.
A council spokesperson said: “Cycling is welcomed in our parks – we just ask that cyclists keep to the designated cycle routes in order to protect themselves as well as other users of the parks.
“When they go off-route, significant damage is caused to the local wildlife. Recently we have seen holes dug out to create jumps which have caused damage to the habitat and cost thousands of pounds in repairs and deterrents.”
Two years ago bikers created a ‘makeshift ‘off-piste course’ and caused damage to trees.
One cyclist who posted on social media backed the council’s call.
They said: “I’m pro cycling and have cycled around Kenilworth since a child, including on the common as a youngster.
“But I’m afraid to say there are very many inconsiderate cyclists these days who are happy to flout common sense safe standards and endanger other people, including adults cycling on town centre pavements and I would discourage general cycling all over the park.”
The common includes remnants of historic heathland and is home to a variety of wildlife including a kingfisher, adders, glow worms in summer and a range of fungi in autumn.
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/cycleroutes for details on cycle routes in Warwick district.