Nature Reserves Audit

Field gate on nature reserve (Lowri Watkins)Credit: Lowri Watkins

Thanks to generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Gwent Wildlife Trust is undertaking a much-needed audit of our Nature Reserves across Gwent.

Our Nature Reserves are so important; they act as a refuge for wildlife, a space for human exploration, contemplation and learning, and a chance for us to show off best habitat management practice.

Gwent Wildlife Trust (GWT) has grown steadily since our establishment in 1963, when we purchased out first Nature Reserve, Magor Marsh. We now look after 29 Nature Reserves, covering almost 590 hectares of precious habitats and ten Sites of Special Scientific Interest. 

We are really proud of all the work we achieve on our nature reserves, but recognise there are gaps in our knowledge and an urgent need to standardise our approach to recording and storing information. By conducting a full audit of our nature reserves, we can ensure we are using our resources as efficiently as possible, achieving our conservation objectives and best serving the people and wildlife that use these special wild spaces.

Thanks to HLF funding, we will develop and trial a standardised toolkit, allowing us to take stock of information relating to the conservation, infrastructure, tools and equipment, interpretation, access and health and safety at three of our flagship reserves. This project will also provide a fantastic opportunity for us to call upon volunteers to get outdoors and help us update and fill in the gaps in our knowledge.