The official opening for Foxearth Meadows takes place on 13th May. Visitors will be able to view the only nature reserve in Britain managed primarily for dragonflies and damselflies – and a vital stepping-stone for species attempting to move as a result of climate change.
A Rocha UK purchased Foxearth Meadows in 2015 with the generosity of its supporters. Reserve Manager Mark Prina and Conservation Director Andy Lester have been working on the site with the help of volunteers.
Fruits of their labour will be seen on the opening day – which offers a wide range of activities. There will be fun things to do, along with stalls selling local produce and offering information from churches and conservation groups.
A quiz trail, pond dipping and aquacam, bird ringing, guided walks, wild art workshop, moth and small mammal trapping, wood carving – even model dragonfly making – are among activities planned. Organisations to be represented include the British Dragonfly Society, with more to be confirmed.
‘Habitat loss and climate change mean Foxearth Meadows is already a refuge for depleted wildlife,’ said Mark Prina. ‘Places like this will enable our countryside to return to a richer natural environment.’
The official opening will run from 12–4pm. A Rocha UK hope the event will raise the reserve’s profile and recruit new volunteers – leading to the creation of a ‘Friends of Foxearth Meadows’ group.
‘For its size, Foxearth Meadows is Britain’s richest site for dragonflies and damselflies,’ said Andy Lester, ‘with 21 species recorded to date. It has the potential to be the leading small site for the study of these amazing creatures.’ Email Mark for more details or phone him on 07548 209652. (Pictured is a Willow Emerald male at the entrance to Foxearth Meadows. Photo: Mark Prina)