£23,000 facelift for Buxton nature reserve

Wildlife trust staff and volunteers celebrate the completion of work at Wye Valley Nature Reserve.
Wildlife trust staff and volunteers celebrate the completion of work at Wye Valley Nature Reserve.

Volunteers and staff from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are celebrating the completion of a project at the Wye Valley Nature Reserves, near Miller’s Dale Station in Buxton.

It included improvements to footpaths, fencing to control sheep and cattle grazing and the installation of new interpretation boards to educate people about the reserve.

The project was funded by a grant of £23,956 from The Veolia Environmental Trust, awarded through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The Trust’s executive director, Paul Taylor, said: “It is great to hear that this important project is now complete.

“The finished results are very impressive and they will benefit people and the environment in different ways.”

The Wye Valley reserves are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for their ash woodland and luscious limestone grasslands.

The reserves are carpeted with wildflowers, including several orchid species, the nationally rare Jacob’s ladder, cowslips and wild thyme.

The new fencing means that areas of the reserve which were previously only suitable for sheep can now be grazed with cattle, as well as keeping sheep from munching orchids and other flowers.

Volunteers were busy this spring and last autumn making improvements to the footpath network, replacing stiles with gates and installing steps on a steep footpath.

Mr Taylor added: “We love it when volunteers support these vital wildlife projects.

“They need to be congratulated on their efforts - I hope they had a great time.”