Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Launches £1m Appeal


Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust celebrates anniversary with £1m appeal

To celebrate his 75thth Anniversary Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has launched a £1 million appeal

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, an organization dedicated to conserving and protecting Lincolnshire's natural habitats and species, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with the launch of a £1m wildlife recovery fund.

The fund aims to secure more land for conservation, save endangered species and habitats and inspire people to connect with nature.

Founded in 1948, the trust has grown to manage nearly 100 reserves across the county, including notable sites such as Donna Nook, which lies south of Grimsby. It is home to a colony of gray seals and Willow Tree Fen, which recently welcomed breeding pairs of whooping cranes after an absence of 400 years.

In December 1948, the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust acquired its first nature reserve, Point of Gibraltar near Skegness.

Over the years the trust has expanded its network of reserves and played a crucial role in protecting and restoring Lincolnshire's unique ecosystems. It currently manages nearly 100 sites that provide vital habitats for a wide range of species.

One of the trust's most popular reserves is Donna Nook, located along the Lincolnshire coast. This site attracts approximately 55,000 visitors each winter, attracted by the chance to witness the incredible sight of gray seal pups being born.

The reserve offers a unique and up-close experience, allowing visitors to observe these adorable creatures in their natural habitat.

The trust's ongoing efforts to protect and manage Donna Nook have contributed significantly to the conservation of the gray seal population in the area.

Another notable reserve managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is Willow Tree Fen, located near Spalding. Once farmland, this site has been transformed into a thriving wetland habitat.

In 2020, the reserve reached a major milestone when a breeding pair of whooping cranes returned to Lincolnshire after an absence of more than four centuries. This remarkable event is a testament to the board's dedication to the conservation and restoration of natural habitats.

As the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust celebrates its 75th anniversary, it recognizes the urgent need to address the challenges facing Lincolnshire's wildlife and natural habitats.

The Nature Recovery Fund, with a target of £1 million, aims to make a lasting impact by:

Securing land for conservation: The trust plans to acquire additional land to expand its network of reserves, providing more protected areas for wildlife and improving biodiversity.

Protection of endangered species and habitats: The fund will be used to implement conservation measures that safeguard vulnerable species and their habitats from further decline.

Inspiring people to connect with nature: The trust aims to engage and educate the community about the importance of conservation, offering interactive programmes, events and educational resources for people of all ages.

Mitigating the effects of climate change: Recognizing the impact of climate change on Lincolnshire's wildlife, the trust will invest in initiatives that support adaptation strategies and promote resilience to environmental challenges.

Paul Learoyd, chief executive of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, underlines the importance of ambitious plans to reverse the decline of wildlife in the region.

He said: “We are delighted to be celebrating our 75th anniversary and it is a wonderful time to look back at all that the Trust has achieved in that time.”

“However, with nature in crisis, our plans for the next period in the Trust's history must be ambitious.

“It will be a huge challenge if we are to reverse the decline of Lincolnshire's wildlife and that is why the Nature Recovery Fund is so vital.”


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