Wildlife trust to take on management of four beautiful Bucks nature reserves

County councillor Warren Whyte, centre, with Estelle Bailey and Christopher Williams
County councillor Warren Whyte, centre, with Estelle Bailey and Christopher Williams

Four of Buckinghamshire’s beautiful nature reserves will now be looked after by the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, after a new partnership with Bucks County Council was finalised

The deal struck last month will see the wildlife trust take over the management of Pavis Woods and Bacombe Hill near Wendover, Grangelands and the Rifle Range near Kimble, and Hog and Hollowhill Woods near Marlow.

Cabinet member for planning and environment Warren Whyte met with the wildlife trust’s chief executive Estelle Bailey and head of conservation for Bucks Christopher Williams at Grangelands reserve to mark the handover.

Mr Whyte, said: “We’re fortunate to have many beauty spots across our county, and

“I’m very pleased this partnership allows the care of these four areas of natural beauty to be placed in the trust’s capable hands.”

Estelle Bailey said: “This is a great day for wildlife in Bucks and everyone who enjoys visiting these very special places.”

“The chalk grassland sites at Bacombe and here at Grangelands complement the nature reserves that we manage elsewhere in the Chilterns.

“Pavis Woods, which include Black and Northill woods, are just across the lane from our Dancersend reserve near Wendover, and give exciting new walking routes in beautiful ancient woodland.”

Bacombe Hill was identified as a nature reserve by Sir Charles Rothschild more than 100 years ago, when he created the first register of these sites. The Rothschild Reserves was the foundation for the organisation that today is the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.