Hagbourne Copse nature reserve receives a much-needed boost

By Jamie Hill - 4 March 2019

  • picture by Ralph Harvey

    picture by Ralph Harvey

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (WWT) are pleased to announce that the Science Museum Group Wroughton Solar Park Community Benefit Fund, will be generously donating £12,000 in support of critical works, community outreach and equipment for the management of the Trust’s Hagbourne Copse reserve.

  • picture by Ralph Harvey

    picture by Ralph Harvey

The grant, which is managed by Wiltshire Community Foundation, will allow for urgently needed new signage, access and education opportunities for this much loved community site in the west of Swindon.

An important green space for local people, which comes alive with a stunning display of native bluebells in spring, Hagbourne Copse is also a vital breathing space for wildlife in west Swindon. The grant will fund the installation of new interpretation boards explaining the wildlife found at the reserve, the replacement of the main gate, and for essential maintenance works such as horse-logging to go ahead.

In addition, three public themed events held over the coming year will showcase the seasonal highlights of the reserve so that visitors can learn more about the wonderful wildlife found there. Essential training and tools for the newly-established Hagbourne Copse volunteer group will enable them to take on a greater role in the management of the site, and provide more volunteering opportunities for local people.

Michelle Cole, volunteer warden for Hagbourne Copse, said: “I'm am thrilled that Hagbourne has received some much needed funding and I'm very excited to be a part of this project. The reserve is an island oasis for nature and people alike, and the funding will help people engage with, and learn more about woodland wildlife.”

To find out more about getting involved with volunteering or attending events at the site, please contact info@wiltshirewildlife.org.

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