Please support our Meadows Appeal
We urgently need to raise £150,000 to save two threatened wildflower meadows,
We have the opportunity to purchase two wildflower meadows that could extend our existing nature reserves, if we can secure them. We urgently need to raise funds before these sites are lost to development or other uses. With your support, we can secure them for nature.
We need more land across Leicestershire and Rutland protected and reconnected for nature. If we can acquire these meadows, we can expand our work and ensure the land is protected for wildlife for now and for the future.
If we lose these meadows, all the wonderful wildlife that calls them home could be at risk.
Can you help us buy these special meadows?
The Charnwood Forest Meadow
The first meadow sits within the Charnwood Forest, beautiful wildflowers grow including marsh thistle, meadow vetchling, tormentil, pignut, milkwort and betony.
Insects including five and six spotted burnet moths, chimney sweeper moths, antler moths, meadow brown butterflies, ringlet butterflies, and small skipper butterflies have all been recorded on the site.
Birds including starlings and goldfinches are regular visitors, foxes have been seen and there are signs that badgers forage nearby.
The Vale of Belvoir Meadow
The meadow in the Vale of Belvoir will create an extension to an existing reserve, where you can find common spotted orchids, meadow saxifrage, marsh marigold and giant horsetail growing.
Green woodpeckers often visit the reserve, fieldfares and redwings forage for berries in the autumn and common buzzards often soar overhead.
Insects including red-tailed and buff-tailed bumble bees buzz over the flowers. There is a badger sett in one of the fields and rabbits often breed in the spring.
Every meadow that remains in our countryside is a precious one and needs to be protected for all the fantastic and threatened wildlife that depend upon them.Head of Conservation
Help secure the future of this precious habitat
Did you know we have now lost 97% of our meadows since the 1930’s?
Meadows are an integral part of our ecosystem and losing this precious habitat has a real impact on the food chain. Wildflower meadows provide food and shelter for important pollinators like bees and butterflies. If they vanish, then so do pollinators, other insects and the animals that feed on them including birds, bats and hedgehogs.
We cannot risk losing more wildflower meadows from our landscape.
What does the future look like for these meadows?
If we can secure these meadows, we will be connecting habitats together and creating more space for nature’s recovery. These meadows will become part of a mosaic of other good quality meadows including a Site of Special Scientific Interest and our nature reserves.
Wildlife will thrive
Our dedicated team of conservation staff and volunteers will carefully manage the land to ensure it is full of wildflowers and buzzing with life.
We will use methods such as cattle for grazing or taking hay cuts to create the optimum conditions needed for a diversity of species to thrive.
If we don't purchase these meadows soon, they could be lost to development or other uses.
Together we can secure them for nature.
Nature is in trouble and it needs our help
The Wildlife Trusts are calling for 30% of land and sea in the UK to be dedicated to nature’s recovery by 2030. By creating more space for nature, beautiful wild places will be restored and struggling wildlife will have the chance to recover. We can help achieve this goal in Leicestershire and Rutland through strategic land purchase and by expanding our nature reserves.
Can you help us raise £150,000 needed to buy these sites?
Any gift you can give will help us purchase these meadows and support our ambition to have 30% of land in Leicestershire and Rutland protected for nature by 2030.
By taking positive nature conservation actions, we can protect wildlife for future generations to enjoy.
Help make Leicestershire & Rutland a home for nature's recovery
Other ways to donate:
By post: send a cheque made payable to 'Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust to Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, The Old Mill, 9 Soar Lane, Leicester, LE3 5DE
By phone: call 07831 284304 or 07464 497797 (Mon-Fri 9-5)
By text: text ‘MEADOW’ followed by the amount to 70085 (e.g. MEADOWS 10 to donate £10) includes the cost of a standard rate message