Celebrating 25 years of Holtspur reserve
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.