Your help is needed to secure the future of wildlife havens across Cornwall after Brexit

Wednesday 28th November 2018

Upton Towans Nature Reserve by Ben Watkins

Cornwall Wildlife Trust is asking for donations to secure funding to manage their 57 nature reserves, which together provide 5,500 acres of sanctuary and space for wildlife across Cornwall.

Restoring Cornwall’s wild landscapes and special habitats requires the continued efforts of our professionally skilled and specialist rangers working with hundreds of volunteers to clear scrub, coppice woodland and cut heather to help fragile species to survive and thrive.

Managing the reserves costs the Trust over £700,000 per year – that’s £1,973 per day.

At present, the majority of funding to support management of the Trust’s nature reserves comes from Europe through the Common Agricultural Policy. After Brexit, the UK will no longer be part of the European Union and future funding is uncertain.

To reduce the funding uncertainty, a Nature Reserves Fund has been created.

Fred Currie, the Trust’s Nature Reserves Committee Chair says,

"Our nature reserves can appear as wild, undisturbed havens but a great deal of hard work, time and investment go into keeping them that way. Caring for such extraordinary places takes constant dedication. We are asking for help from the public, as they are seriously under threat."

Members of Cornwall Wildlife Trust who attended the Trust’s recent Annual General Meeting, heard positive messages from local MP and Defra Minister George Eustice, about the Government’s plans for new legislation and funding for agriculture and wildlife after Brexit. Cornwall Wildlife Trust will continue to review Defra proposals and to take part in consultations to ensure the needs of Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places are taken into account in decisions made in Whitehall.

The careful management of the Trust’s 57 Nature Reserves has seen a number of success stories for wildlife in Cornwall. Whether an increase in species in a particular habitat, such as the butterflies and Cornish Choughs at Penhale Dunes, dragonflies at Windmill Farm, or the involvement of children and volunteers who turn nature reserves into living classrooms: Cornwall’s wildlife needs your help to thrive. Please give what you can.

By post: to Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Five Acres, Allet, Truro, TR4 9DJ
Online at: www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/naturereservesfund.
By phone: 01872 273 939