Cel­e­brat­ing 25 years of Holt­spur re­serve

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

TO­MOR­ROW (Fri­day Septem­ber 25) marks 20 years since Holt­spur Bank was of­fi­cially opened as a Lo­cal Na­ture Re­serve.

The re­serve, which is lo­cated on the north-west side of Bea­cons­field, was des­ig­nated the hon­our in the sum­mer of 1995.

The re­serve was of­fi­cially opened by the Mayor of Bea­cons­field at the time, Jo Roundel Green, in the pres­ence of then MP Tim Smith.

Since then the re­serve has been man­aged by the town coun­cil, which is the owner of the site, with sup­port from the Depart­ment for En­vi­ron­ment, Food and (DEFRA).

The Chiltern Rangers, But­ter­fly Con­ser­va­tion and Friends of Holt­spur Bank, via their work par­ties, have all lent a hand and many hours over the years.

Many of the mem­bers of Friends of Holt­spur Bank are vol­un­teers who have worked tire­lessly over the years to make sure the re­serve keeps hold of the many plants and an­i­mals, which are to be found on the eight hectares of grass­land and an­cient wood­land.

Cowslips on the chalk bank – which have in­creased ten­fold


Af­fairs over the 20 years, or­chids, early pur­ple, pyra­mi­dal and nar­row lipped helle­borine, prim­roses, scabi­ous, along with many oth­ers, are ex­am­ples of plants that have flour­ished there.

Dormice, glow worms and but­ter­flies are mon­i­tored regularly and bird boxes of var­i­ous types have been erected. The Friends or­gan­ise walks in the spring, sum­mer and au­tumn. These are led by ex­perts to which they welcome any­one in­ter­ested.

They are al­ways look­ing for more vol­un­teers.

Visit www.holt­spur­na­ture re­serve.org.uk for more in­for­ma­tion.

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