Trust hope wading birds can thrive after completing purchase for 30-acre site

Thursday 12th April 2018

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust can help protect and encourage upland wading birds to breed for years to come after purchasing a 30-acre site close to its Roaches and Black Brook nature reserves, near Leek.

The charity has completed the purchase of Black Brook Pastures thanks to a £57,300 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), a generous legacy left to the Trust and donations from members of the public.

The land is important because it provides an ideal habitat for upland wading birds like snipe, curlew and lapwing— whose numbers have plummeted locally since 1985. The Trust can now work to restore habitats at the site and hopefully see populations of these wading birds grow.

Almost half of the £108,000 total to complete the purchase was raised through the legacy left to the Trust.

James Dennison, Fundraising Manager for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, said: “When we heard the land at Black Brook Pastures was available to purchase, we were interested straight away as it gives us an ideal opportunity to work on a scale which is more joined up across our existing Roaches and Black Brook nature reserves.

“Our vision for Black Brook Pastures is it to become a breeding site for upland waders. We hope that under our care, with the right management, we will see these species establish breeding populations, allowing us to support the effort to bring endangered birds back from localised extinction.

“We are extremely grateful for the hugely generous legacy which was left to us which allowed us to complete the purchase.

“Leaving a gift in your Will to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is a wonderful way to make a lasting contribution to wildlife. These gifts, no matter how small, help us to nurture and protect our county's wildlife and wild places.”

Founded in 1969, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is the county's leading nature conservation charity and has been working to protect the wildlife and wild places in Staffordshire for almost 50 years. Next year is the Trust's 50th anniversary.

Anyone who may wish to leave a gift in their Will for the Trust can visit http://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/legacies