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Old Sulehay nature reserve

Thanks to a £20,510 grant from the Mick George Group, The Wildlife Trust has established new grazing compartments at Nassington Bottom and near the car park.

Old Sulehay nature reserve

Old Sulehay nature reserve is a wonderful mosaic of habitats covering 85 hectares, including a disused quarry, former arable fields and ancient woodland.

Around a third of the site is currently limestone grassland; an increasingly rare habitat, which requires grazing to maintain biodiversity.

Thanks to a £20,510 grant from the Mick George Community Fund, The Wildlife Trust has established new grazing compartments at Nassington Bottom and near the car park.

The nature conservation importance of limestone grassland is clear from both the number and status of species it supports, as identified in the EU Habitats Directive and UK national and local Biodiversity action plans. This project will enhance the quality and extent of limestone grassland at Old Sulehay. The nature reserve presents an unusual mosaic of habitats in close proximity, from ancient woodland, dry areas over the old quarry workings, grassland and marsh. It is well-visited by people from the nearby villages of Wansford, Yarwell and Nassington and from further afield. The project will also improve the condition and extent of limestone grassland in Northamptonshire, a priority habitat in the county biodiversity action plan.

The Wildlife Trust BCN is working towards a vision of ‘bringing people close to nature in a land rich in wildlife’ by caring for local wildlife, inspiring others to take action for wildlife, while sharing advice and knowledge. Over 10,700 people attended 600 separate wildlife events that they ran in 2017/18.

The last half of the 20th century saw a dramatic drop in the number and extent of sites characterised by species-rich limestone grassland habitat.

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