Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's Appeal
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's Urgent Appeal
They need to raise £126,000 by the 17th October to have the funds to complete this sale!
The purchase will allow the reserve to connect straight into the wider landscape – and if the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust own it, then the purchase could provide a stepping stone to link a number of sites together.
The reserve consists of 16 small fields. None have ever been treated with herbicide or artificial fertiliser, and each meadow is different, thanks to their varying soil quality and depth. They make a vivid picture of yellow, white and blue in spring and early summer, adorned with buttercups, cowslips, cow parsley, wood anemone and bugle. Bluebells make for a pretty picture in the north east, in woodland and larger meadows. Midsummer sees orchids, and you’ll also find knapweed, betony and the great burnet. These flowers attract many insects.
Birds include greenfinch, goldfinch, nuthatch and chaffinch – and in winter, the hawfinch. Sandwort and alpine penny cress are wildflowers of national importance. The dewponds – originally used by cattle – are now fenced. Great crested newts take refuge in them.
The area gives us a very good image of how Derbyshire’s limestone farmland looked, 100 years ago.
Help the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust achieve their conservation goals
The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has a goal: to make sure that 33%+ of Derbyshire is good for wildlife by 2030. They aim to do this by reconnecting and restoring land.
This will help wildlife and it will give people better access through walks and footpaths.
The land is protected already as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Its diverse limestone grassland species mean it has great value for wildlife. There are restrictions on the activities and developments that can take place.
In this case, wildflowers (the devil’s bit scabious and autumn gentian) and butterflies (the wall brown and dingy skipper) and birds (the skylark and linnet for instance) will really benefit.