Wildlife Trust marks milestone

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust woodland activity.
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust woodland activity.

DERBYSHIRE Wildlife Trust is celebrating its 50th birthday this year.

The Trust has been defending the county’s wildlife for 50 years. From a dedicated group of volunteers campaigning against local environmental damage, it has grown into a county-wide organisation with more than 14,000 members.

Peregrine chicks

Peregrine chicks

Volunteer Claire Hanley-Öpik said: “From humble beginnings with a single purpose, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has grown in stature and ability with every decade, thanks to the commitment of its staff, membership and army of volunteers.

“For the last 50 years it has been the vanguard of conservation in our beautiful county.

“The next 50 years will bring new challenges, as environmental pressures increase on wildlife and habitats, but the Trust will continue to embrace them and live up to our motto: Protecting wildlife, Restoring landscapes, Inspiring people.”

The Trust has a number of exciting activities and events lined up to mark its 50th year.

It also wants members of the public to get involved by nominating their top wildlife spots.

One of the biggest events on the horizon will take place on June 16 and 17 at the Woodside nature reserve which the Trust took control of late last year next to Shipley Country Park,

The reserve used to be part of the American Adventure site but was taken over by the Trust to help safeguard the land for wildlife.

The special BioBlitz event will run from 2pm Saturday to 5pm Sunday and will be packed full of events for visitors of all ages such as dawn chorus walks moth identification and possibly pond-dipping and bug hunts as well.

Full details are still being finalised but for information about this and other events, visit the Trust’s website www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk or call 01773 881188.