We are Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, a wildlife charity that is working to protect wildlife and wild places across Derbyshire.
The Trust has secured the purchase of an area of land with huge potential benefits to local wildlife.
But we need to raise £126,000 to complete the sale.
This land will extend an existing nature reserve; Rose End Meadows, in Cromford, and allow the reserve to connect directly into the wider landscape.
Our vision is a future where wildlife thrives across the landscape and is not confined to small nature reserves.
If owned by the us it will mean in the future a 200-acre area for wildlife could be created by providing a key stepping stone to link together a number of sites. Our goal is to ensure at least 33% of Derbyshire is good for wildlife by 2030 by reconnecting and restoring land.
As well as connecting areas for wildlife, the land would enable better access for people via circular walks and footpaths across a wide area, and it will be easily accessible from the High Peak Trail.
Please help us raise £126,000 to complete the sale and give our struggling wildlife the chance to recover and help restore beautiful wild places.
Matt Buckler, Head of Wilder Landscapes said; “There has been fantastic local support from people who were keen that we buy the site. When these rare opportunities come up, we look carefully at how they link with existing wildlife sites, how they help us create a network for nature’s recovery in Derbyshire and improve or create places for people to enjoy too. We’re overjoyed this opportunity has come up to secure more space for nature.”
“The land is already protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its really diverse limestone grassland species meaning it has high value for wildlife but puts restrictions on what activities and development can take place. By extending the reserve boundary we can manage a much larger area for nature. This makes the habitat much more resilient and helps species including wildflowers such as devil’s bit scabious and autumn gentian, butterflies such as wall brown and dingy skipper and birds such as skylark and linnet, both of which need reasonable areas of survive in.”
We can't wait to turn this piece of land into an oasis for wildlife and you.
Help nature help itself, please donate.