Duck End is a much-loved small nature reserve on the edge of Maulden in Bedfordshire. With ponds, marshy areas, old pollarded willows and a wildflower meadow, it is home to all sorts of wildlife, and is a quiet haven for visitors.
For many years a boardwalk has enabled people to get close to the wetland wildlife on the reserve. The boardwalk was for many people the best part of the reserve, helping young and old to enjoy the wet marshy areas safely, and without getting their feet wet! Dragonflies, damselflies, whirligig beetles and even, very occasionally, the turquoise blue flash of a kingfisher can all be seen in this part of the reserve.
Why do we need funding?
Unfortunately the boardwalk has reached the end of its working life and has also been vandalised. We are trying to raise the money to replace and extend it.
A valuable habitat
Duck End Nature Reserve has been designated as a County Wildlife Site for its wetland habitats and is the last remnant of Maulden Moor, an area of wet peaty fen which covered a large area to the south of Maulden village until it was drained in the 19th century.
Duck End is looked after by a local charity, the Greensand Trust, and its volunteers who are involved in practical management work, recording wildlife and occasional events in the nature reserve.
Who we are
The Greensand Trust is an independent environmental charity that works with local communities and landowners to conserve and promote the distinctive landscape, wildlife and history of the Greensand Ridge.
To find out more about the Trust’s work visit our website www.greensandtrust.org
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Thank you to everyone supporting our campaign.
Everyone who pledges will be invited to a special opening event for the new boardwalk, and one lucky person will be selected at random to cut the ribbon and officially open the new boardwalk!
With special thanks to Greensand Trust volunteers and staff who helped with the making of the video, donating photos, props and their imagination.
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