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Hoddesdon nature reserve receives funding for conservation

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust has completed a project to return grazing cattle to Danemead Nature Reserve, near Hoddesdon. It has seen the upgrading of older fencing and the introduction of a cattle water bowser. The Trust is now able to graze the reserve with redpoll cattle

The project was funded by a grant for £21,375 awarded by The Veolia Environmental Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Jenny Sherwen, Reserves Officer for Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust said:

“Grazing at Danemead is really important for the management of the site. Wood pasture is a rare habitat in Hertfordshire and historically this would site have been grazed as common land. The new fence and water bowser mean that the site can be grazed effectively and this special site can be protected for everyone to enjoy.”

The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, added:

“We support community and environmental projects across England and Wales and since 1998 we have awarded over £768,000 to ones in Hertfordshire. It is great to hear that this important work is now complete and I look forward to hearing about how the improvements are helping the reserve to thrive.”

Danemead supports a rich variety of wildflowers and is one of only three known sites in Hertfordshire for the Fragrant Agrimony – a striking plant with a long spike of brilliant, star-shaped, yellow flower. The site is also the most species-rich site in the county for longhorn beetles.