Freedom Meadow

BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION PROJECT APPEAL

WILD LIFE HABITAT UNDER THREAT

Barrow Gurney Ancient Woodland and meadows

Barrow Wood borders Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary. Last year a development of houses was built north of this Ancient Woodland and there are many more to follow.

This increase in activity in North Somerset Green Belt is changing the ecology of the habitat in this beautiful valley which is home to many bird species, woodland creatures, bats and deer.

As a Sanctuary, Holly Hedge Trustees have concluded that the only way to protect this precious woodland and its surrounding pasture is to procure as much land as we can to create a Wild Life Haven around our borders thus extending our Sanctuary protection to our neighbouring meadow and woodland creatures.

 Aim: To create a nature reserve to protect neighboring wild life habitat and ancient woodland currently under threat from increasing nearby housing development.

Objective: To purchase 3.5 acres of pasture and a parcel of woodland to create a Wild Flower Meadow, install a pond and bluebell wood. This will restore some of the lost 97% of England’s Wild Flower Meadows, will protect existing species, save Bees and increase Butterflies

THE MEADOW TRUST

Holly Hedge Trustees have set up a separate Steering group to look after the Wild Life Conservation Project.

This organising Body is now known as The Meadow Trust and donations will be very welcome.

This Conservation Project will be supported and partnered by, Avon Wildlife Trust who will advise, monitor and store records. RSPB, Avon Bat group, Butterfly Conservation and the Friends of the Earth Bee Cause will provide learning resources and help with Wild Life identification of species. Secret World Wild Life Rescue will continue to support us with medical care for any injured or sick wild life coming into our care and the Sanctuary’s protection campaign is also supported by Barrow Gurney Parish Council.

WILD LIFE ORGANISATIONAL SUPPORT

The Conservation Project will be supported and partnered by, Avon Wildlife Trust who will advise, monitor and store records. RSPB, Avon Bat group, Butterfly Conservation and the Friends of the Earth Bee Cause will provide learning resources and help with Wild Life identification of species. Secret World Wild Life Rescue will continue to support us with medical care for any injured or sick wild life coming into our care and the Sanctuary’s protection campaign is also supported by Barrow Gurney Parish Council.

 

 

RESOURCE CENTRE / GIFT SHOP / CAFE

 A New Wild life Resource Centre will be built next year which will widen educational facilities for visitors and students and will provide wild life resources, books, a cafe area and Gift Shop.

Our education officer will be encouraging local schools and the community to take part in the annual butterfly count, build Bee and Bees and help spot bat and bird species.

We are looking for volunteers who are familiar with our local wild life to help monitor and record species.

‘FREEDOM MEADOW’

A Meadow too for Doggy Heaven

This new facility will also provide off lead freedom walk time for rescue dogs who currently have to be exercised on lead at all times. Their play paddocks are fun but too small to run free with their handler s.

The Wild Flower Meadow with its mown pathways and interesting pond life will enhance the sanctuary and its facilities. The addition of a Wild Life Resource Centre will also create further education and training opportunities on site and in local schools.

 

Event Space 

With the purchase of the field, we will have our very own Holly Hedge Events space to hold fundraisers for both the Meadow Trust and Sanctuary including small fetes, a Christmas Fayre, Educational walks, School Visits and any other activities that can hopefully provide much needed funds.

 

Extra Car Parking 

With the purchase of additional land, we are hoping to sympathetically expand our current car parking area to provide visitors and volunteers with ample parking for both the Sanctuary and Freedom meadow events.

 

 

Project Co-ordinator: Pam Bytheway    01934 631393        pam.bytheway@hollyhedge.org.uk