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Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Launches £1m Appeal to Celebrate 75th Anniversary


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To celebrate their 75th Anniversary Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has launched a £1m appeal


The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, an organization dedicated to conserving and protecting the natural habitats and species of Lincolnshire, is marking its 75th anniversary with the launch of a £1 million Nature 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 almost 100 reserves across the county, including notable sites like Donna Nook, which is south of Grimsby. It is home to a colony of grey seals, and Willow Tree Fen, which recently welcomed back breeding pairs of common cranes after a 400-year absence.

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

Over the years, the trust has expanded its network of reserves and played a crucial role in the protection and restoration of Lincolnshire’s unique ecosystems. Today, it 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, drawn by the opportunity to witness the incredible sight of grey seal pups being born.

The reserve offers a unique and close-up 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 grey seal population in the area.

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

In 2020, the reserve achieved a significant milestone when a breeding pair of common cranes returned to Lincolnshire after an absence of more than four centuries. This remarkable event is a testament to the trust’s dedication to conservation and the restoration of natural habitats.

As the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust celebrates its 75th anniversary, it recognizes the urgent need to address the challenges faced by 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 enhancing biodiversity.

Protecting 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 programs, 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 in the face of environmental challenges.

Paul Learoyd, the Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, emphasizes the importance of ambitious plans to reverse the decline of wildlife in the region.

He said: “We are delighted to be celebrating our 75th birthday and it provides a wonderful moment to look back on 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 have to be ambitious.

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


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