The money will be used to improve Dancersend Reserve in Buckinghamshire, which was one of the first nature reserves in the UK. The 211-acre site, near Aylesbury, is where a young Charles Rothschild discovered his love of nature. He went on to help found the conservation society that eventually became The Wildlife Trusts.
Now, the Rothschild Foundation set up by Charles's family has given £92,000 to the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) to develop the site which it was gifted as a nature reserve 80 years ago.
The donation will help create a mosaic of new habitats, a wildlife pond and display boards telling the little-known story of Dancersend. BBOWT, which part-owns and manages the reserve, is also planning a series of events to celebrate the anniversary and will work with neighbouring landowners to help protect and enhance the natural environment in the area for people to enjoy. The two-year program of works starts on July 1.