Con­sider a last­ing gift

Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust is urg­ing peo­ple who are mak­ing a will to take a mo­ment to con­sider in­clud­ing a gift to wildlife writes GE­ORGE MUR­RAY

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - WILD LIFE -

A MAG­NIF­I­CENT wood­land where you can for­get the stresses of ev­ery­day life, Fine­mere Wood ex­ists in large part be­cause of the gen­eros­ity of lo­cal na­ture lovers over the years.

Our sup­port­ers and vol­un­teers con­trib­ute so much in the here and now to help us pro­tect and nur­ture wildlife, and those who go on to leave a last­ing gift in their Will en­sure that wildlife has a place where it can thrive and sur­vive in the fu­ture.

This week, Septem­ber 10-16 is ‘Re­mem­ber a Char­ity Week’ - a timely re­minder of the im­por­tance of mak­ing a Will, and en­sur­ing our fam­i­lies, friends and favourite causes re­ceive what we wish them to.

Gifts that have been left to BBOWT in Wills have made a huge con­tri­bu­tion to our abil­ity to pro­tect lo­cal wildlife for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to en­joy.

Wildlife is more at risk than ever – species and habi­tats are un­der threat.

These gifts are es­sen­tial con­tri­bu­tions that can never be for­got­ten, help­ing to pre­serve what is clos­est to our hearts so that a shared love of na­ture is not lost for­ever.

Fine­mere was once used by kings and queens for hunt­ing wild boar. Along with Rushbeds Wood and White­cross Green na­ture re­serves, also in Buck­ing­hamshire, it was a part of the an­cient Royal For­est of Bern­wood.

Through­out the year, the wood has the thrilling at­mos­phere of a very old, wild place. An im­pres­sive 200 species of flow­ers have been recorded here.

At the heart of the wood there is a shel­tered haven of rough pas­ture and thick­ets.

Tra­di­tional graz­ing has en­cour­aged the re­turn of plants such as ragged-robin and cuck­ooflower in the spring and saw-wort, betony and devil’sbit scabi­ous in the sum­mer.

In the au­tumn, the low sun high­lights the seed heads of grasses like wood small-reed and tufted hair-grass.

Fine­mere Wood is also home to the mag­nif­i­cent Pur­ple Em­peror but­ter­fly.

Pres­sure on land con­tin­ues to grow, so it is more im­por­tant than ever to pro­tect ar­eas like Fine­mere Wood be­fore they are gone for­ever.

Habi­tat loss has al­ready meant ex­tinc­tion for some species in Buck­ing­hamshire, and is a grow­ing threat.

All gifts to BBOWT will not only help to save pre­cious wildlife habi­tats and some of the most threat­ened species in the coun­try, but will also help to en­thuse new gen­er­a­tions of na­ture lovers.

Mak­ing pro­vi­sion for a gift in your Will to BBOWT is a straight­for­ward thing to do. For more in­for­ma­tion please visit www.bbowt.org.uk/legacy, con­tact our mem­ber­ship team in con­fi­dence at mem­ber­ship@ bbowt.org.uk or call 01865 788300 be­tween 9am and 5pm.

PHOTO: TIM WATTS

Fine­mere Wood is home to the mag­nif­i­cent Pur­ple Em­peror but­ter­fly

PHOTO: DAVID RICHARD­SON

Vol­un­teers work hard to main Fine­mere Wood

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