Gotham Nature Reserve Trust

Some of you will have noticed activity and even smoke around the Sandbanks. We are delighted to report that after months of boring old administration we have finally started work on restoring the area.

Within two weeks of completion of the lease, the first work party took place led by Gary Cragg of Nottinghamshire Wildlife trust.

In early January we held a public meeting to update the community on our plans and to encourage people to become members of the GNR Trust. The attendance was truly impressive, considering it was one of the coldest evenings of the winter, and resulted in some 32 new members. Representatives from Natural England and Saint Gobain addressed the meeting and were available to answer questions.

Up to mid February, some eight work parties have taken place both at weekends and, by popular demand, mid-week. Thanks to the many hardworking volunteers, an amazing amount of the grassland has been cleared of scrub. The bird nesting season is almost upon us now, restricting the work we will be able to do on site, but look out for our fund-raising projects over the coming months.

Why not become a member of the GNR Trust? It is free and you don’t have to be a ‘tree fella’ or volunteer for other jobs. Maybe you would be happy to do some litter picking, or help organise fund raising events, or offer your garden for ‘open gardens’. You could even come up around mid day on work party days with flasks of tea or coffee, or just stroll up and take an interest in what we’re doing. As a member you will be kept informed of all our activities and can have your say at our open meetings.