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Gwent Wildlife Trust

Gwent Wildlife Trust is one of six Trusts in Wales and covers the area from the lower Wye to the Rhymney river valley in South East Wales. The Trust was set up in 1963 to purchase its first nature reserve, Magor Marsh and now has over 30 nature reserves. Gwent Wildlife Trust are a registered charity and a member of the Wildlife Trusts Partnership, the largest voluntary organisation concerned with wildlife protection.

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Gwent Wildlife Trust Launches appeal to buy new reserve

November 2007. The Gwent Wildlife Trust (GWT) is hoping to buy 104 acres of wildlife-poor commercial dairy pasture in Wales – to turn back the clock and recreate a Stone Age wildlife haven that will support wildlife in the 21st century.

Gwent Wildlife Trust is launching a campaign to raise funds to buy the site on the Trellech Ridge near Monmouth, south-east Wales, to re-create an area once known as Wyeswood Common. More than £500,000 needs to be raised by Christmas if the venture is to go ahead. The site for sale is next to the 40 acres of species-rich grassland in GWT’s flagship Pentwyn Farm Nature Reserve - a haven for species such as the dormouse, lesser horseshoe bat and greater butterfly orchid - and also in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Wildlife Trusts often acquire large areas of land which are already rich in flora and fauna. However, buying fields of commercial ryegrass which, for decades, have been intensively-managed for agricultural efficiency, is an ambitious step. It is also one which will require a considerable effort on the part of GWT in order to transform this blank canvas back into wildflower meadows.

The purchase would enable Gwent Wildlife Trust to connect the wildflower meadows of Pentwyn Farm to the nearby Wye Valley woodland - currently they are separated by 104 acres of commercial ryegrass - allowing species the space to move and thrive. Wildlife Trusts across the UK are taking this approach and working on a landscape-scale to improve resilience and connectivity of habitats and adaptation to climate change.

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