Staveley Nature Reserve is a hidden gem of a reserve, in the village of Staveley. Thanks to a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has added 44 hectares to the site. The new mosaic of wetlands and meadows is a fabulous extension to the site, but desperately needs further restoration. , giving a total size of around 80 hectares. With recorded sightings of nineteen species of dragonfly and a staggering 212 birds, plus many varieties of mammals, butterflies, beetles and moths making their home on the reserve, there is plenty of wildlife to enjoy. Non-naturalists also find lots to enjoy at the reserve with long, meandering footpaths taking walkers through woodland, past meadows and by the side of a lake. There are lots of exciting developments in Staveley’s future – new hay meadows, orchards and ponds, plus new and improved hides and paths, better access and a host of community events and educational activities; but they all cost money.
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has been working hard to fundraise for this very special reserve, enabling us ensure the new part of the reserve will be teeming with wildlife for years to come. Thanks to the generosity of our members and supporters we have raised nearly £25,000 – but we need your help in order to reach our target of £30,000. Any donation of any size is welcome, just £10 will buy two nest boxes; £50 will help us to improve the ponds. To find out more please visit http://www.justgiving.com/staveley or visit our website on http://www.ywt.org.uk. If you raise or donate £250, you can adopt one of 120 Staveley Nature Reserve ‘plots’. Adopters will receive a map showing the location of their ‘plot’ and a certificate. So far plots have been adopted by individuals, families, schools and businesses, bought as retirement gifts or in memory of loved ones. If you do wish to adopt a plot – or pledge to fundraise for one – please contact Jessica Thompson on 01904 659570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will be working with the community over the next couple of years whilst we continue to improve Staveley. Look out for forthcoming events and meetings throughout the year.