Foxearth: dawn of a new quest

Blue-tailed Damselflies in mating wheelConservation Director Andy Lester shares the latest news on the Foxearth initiative, to set up A Rocha UK’s first ever nature reserve…

The dream has come true. And a new quest begins. In February 2015 Foxearth was purchased by A Rocha UK. Thanks to your generosity, we’ve been able to raise the money required to buy the site and have enough money to fund a part-time ranger! Without your incredible support this wouldn’t have been possible.

A new journey of discovery is underway. We’re certain to find new plants, insects and birds that have not yet been recorded on the site. Already there have been sightings of 19 species of dragonfly and damselfly and more than 50 species of birds. So what could we find this year?

Next steps

A steering group will be convened, a ranger recruited and a new management plan put in place. New paths will be created, reed beds and scrub will be managed, a recording programme will be put in place and the gates will be opened so visitors from far and near and come and experience the peace of Foxearth.

Ongoing help

Inevitably there are still costs to cover, still money to be found, still a journey to pursue. The new ranger will be funded, but we will need to purchase equipment for the site. There are running costs that will need to be covered.

Foxearth now has a dedicated fund-raiser, Rachel Roberts. If you are keen to become a partner with us financially, have some equipment you may be willing to offer or have a fund-raising idea you would like to share, please email Rachel. You can also donate directly to this exciting project here.

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In five years’ time, A Rocha UK could well be managing one of the country’s foremost dragonfly and damselfly reserves. It may become a vital stepping stone for species attempting to move as a result of climate change. It could become a place where those of faith and those who are seeking can come and experience God’s peace.

Imagine Foxearth as a place of quiet and beauty, of renewed hope and inspiration. We can arrive there, together. (Photo of damselflies: Simon Layton)