'Thank You' for helping us to save Duxford Old River

A precious missing piece of the Chimney Meadows jigsaw


Thank you so much for helping us to reach our public appeal target of £220,000, and the final target of £575,000 on time!

We are thrilled to announce we have bought Duxford Old River farmland thanks to the huge generosity of people donating through the public appeal, and several grants from charitable trusts, foundations and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Thank you so, so much to everyone who has given to this appeal - you have helped us to create the first nature reserve to span the River Thames! Your generosity in helping to protect wildlife for the future is astounding.

The potential

We had a rare and exciting opportunity to buy a piece of land that came up for sale on a stretch of the Thames. Duxford Old River is a 113 acre low-lying floodplain containing an ancient meander of the original river Thames.

It slots perfectly into the existing Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve, like a missing piece of a wonderful jigsaw. Now we have bought it, we can let mother nature lead the way in making it into a haven for the water voles, otters and wading birds that depend upon quiet and undisturbed places.

The risk

The site had no protection whatsoever. If we hadn't been able to secure it, there would have been nothing to stop the new owners to from ripping out the hedgerows that provide ideal territory for bats, small mammals and warblers. The peace and tranquility of this special place could have been lost forever.

Read the news article about Duxford Old River to find out about the appeal success. 

Thank you for helping us secure this precious missing piece of the Chimney Meadows jigsaw.


We may never have had this chance again. Thank you for helping us to save Duxford Old River and provide an undisturbed haven for otters and threatened species of wading birds for decades to come.


Thank you for securing the future of Duxford Old River.

If you have any questions about our appeal to purchase Duxford Old River, please take a look at our Duxford Old River Appeal FAQs