The Suffolk Wildlife Trust has set out plans to buy and restore as many as 384 acres of land for wildlife in the Broads National Park, which is part of the biggest land acquisition of the charity’s long-standing history.
The trust launched its £1million public appeal on Tuesday, 25th October, as a way to assist in the purchase of the land, which would link up three nature reserves which are home to some of the UK’s rarest wildlife, also making for the ideal place to visit during weekend breaks for families.
The appeal has even received major backing from the godfather of wildlife and nature, Sir David Attenborough himself. The appeal has also found support from the acclaimed East Anglian nature writer Simon Barnes.
Donations are now in excess of the £110,000 mark, and the trust says that this level of funding will be tripled by other funding.
Christine Luxton head of development at the trust said: “This is such an exciting and ambitious opportunity for wildlife, it is wonderful that so many people want to help.
“Our thanks to everyone for their generosity and enthusiasm”. The campaign also involves plans to feature the acquirement of massive areas of land adjoining the trust’s Carlton and Oulton marshes complex, found near Lowestoft.
Additionally, they plan to see the creation of a new reed bed, making it the biggest in the Broads. This would provide habitats for many animals, such as rare species including the white-mantled wainscot moth, a species that has so far only ever been discovered in Suffolk.
The new larger wildlife site will be set out as the Suffolk Broads National Nature Reserve on the southern peripheral of Norfolk and Suffolk’s Broads National Park.