£38

could pay for four metres of fencing, enabling grazing cattle to begin the gentle conservation of the grasslands.

 

£91

could pay for 50 square metres of land, which, once restored, could support up to 40 species of flowering plant per square metre.

 

£500

could buy a kissing gate – very much a part of this quintessential English landscape.

 

£1092

could buy 600 square metres of land. Extending the site will buffer the reserve, making it more robust so that species like the Adonis blue can thrive.

Please help us to extend Yoesden by donating here.

Read what some of our supporters say about Yoesden

Wonderful reserve already. Good to see it expanding.
Gill

This was my sanctuary when times were bad.
Lorna

BBOWT reserves are magical places, I hope you reach your target.
David

A wonderful reserve. So full of butterflies, orchids and other flowers. Well worth saving.
Jane

A splendid reserve already, great if it gets even better.
Colin

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Help us extend Yoesden nature reserve

We have an exciting opportunity to increase the size of Yoesden nature reserve by almost 30 per cent – with enormous benefits for local wildlife.

Appeal update

We would like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to all the very generous supporters of our appeal to extend Yoesden nature reserve. We are pleased to say that we have very nearly reached our target. There are two funding bids pending to raise the remaining money needed to purchase the three parcels of land. We’re optimistic that these will happen and we will keep you informed of our progress.

Thank you again for your very valued support.

Last year, with the generous support of our members, we were able to fulfil a 20-year dream of purchasing this stunning example of very rare chalk grassland. We now have the opportunity to buy three parcels of land adjoining the reserve, but we must act immediately.

Proposed extension to Yoesden

 

1. SOUTHERN CHALK BANK
(4.2 acres) 

Habitat: Neglected chalk grassland with encroaching hawthorn.

Wildlife opportunities:

  • Includes diverse chalk grassland specialist flora – 15 key indicator species include fairy flax, carline thistle and hairy violet.
  • Could be restored by cattle grazing (re-fencing required).
  • Woodland ride could link the site with species-rich areas of existing reserve, encouraging seed transfer and boosting rare butterfly populations.
  • Traditional kissing gates would create access for visitors.

2. RADNAGE POOR’S WOODLAND (1.5 acres) 

Habitat: Woodland with native trees including beech and ash.

Wildlife opportunities:

  • Forms natural extension of woodland on existing reserve and buffer to site 1.
  • Ground flora includes dog’s mercury and wood avens.
  • Condition could be improved over time.

3. PADDOCKS
(3 acres)

Habitat: Grassland currently used as cattle pasture.

Wildlife opportunities:

  • Some chalk grassland flora including common restharrow, bird’s-foot-trefoil and dwarf thistle.
  • No recent agricultural activity, meaning soil is suited to restoration through reseeding.
  • Site would increase reserve’s grassland by 24 per cent, making Yoesden more robust and expanding this nationally rare and threatened habitat.

Will you help us to raise the funds before 18 December?

We are very fortunate that BBOWT has been given first refusal for all three parcels of land. But if we can't raise £105,000 by 18 December, these habitats could be lost to wildlife forever.

Please, can you give today and help us protect this truly special place for wildlife?

Chalk Grassland Species

Yoesden thrums with wildlife. It is not only stunning, it is an extremely significant wildlife habitat. It hosts substantial colonies of rare Adonis blue and chalkhill blue butterflies, as well as the small blue. It is particularly unusual to find all three butterfly species in the same location. This a real testament to the diversity of the habitat, where essential larval food plants such as horseshoe and kidney vetch are found in abundance.

The chalk grassland on the southern chalk bank and the paddocks, which we are hoping to buy, could be restored through cattle grazing and reseeding to make Yoesden more robust to surrounding change and this will also expand a nationally rare and threatened habitat. 

The species found on the chalk grassland at Yoesden include:

Historic Woodland

Yoesden Wood, a classic 'beech hanger' on the hillside forms a perfect backdrop to the valley surrounding Radnage village.

During the 19th century, the wood was looked after by local bodgers, craftsmen with pole lathes set up in the woods to make chair legs and spindles from ash and beech trees.

Radnage Poor's Woodland, which we are hoping to buy, forms a natural extension of woodland on the existing reserve.

Looking after Yoesden

Watch Debbie Lewis, Reserves Ecology Manager, explain why Yoesden is such an important site for wildlife. This video was filmed before we bought the current site at Yoesden. By extending the size of our reserve we are able to increase the resilience of it to change in the surrounding area:

If the video doesn't display properly you can also watch it on our YouTube channel here.


Video courtesy of Rob Evans, BBOWT member

Yoesden flickr group photos

Our BBOWT flickr group has many photos of the stunning wildlife found at Yoesden :