There are two days left for the ‘Attenborough Nature Reserve Lifeline Appeal’ with £50,000 left to reach the target needed in order to save the local wildlife area.
The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust have raised £950,000 of their £1 million target and have five days left to reach the final goal.
On 25th November 2019, an urgent appeal for £1m had been launched to secure the long-term future of the reserve after the landowner announced plans to sell the site by 31st January.
Situated in Attenborough village in the borough of Broxtowe, the 200 hectares of former sand and gravel quarries have been turned into various habitats over nearly 60 years by the local wildlife trust. The trust have now agreed to buy the land from building materials company and current owners, Cemex UK in order to keep the grounds and maintain the natural habitat for its wildlife.
The project has been backed by a number of local big names including acclaimed natural historian and film-maker Sir David Attenborough, who opened the site back in 1966 when returning to his family’s name-sake village.
Speaking of the appeal he said: “Attenborough Nature Reserve is a symbol of hope in a challenging world.
“It is a natural oasis on the edge of a big city, full of remarkable and beautiful birds and other wildlife.”
Other contributors include internationally renowned fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, Michelin star restaurant owner Sat Baines and former Leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Tina Stowell.
Only a half hour drive from Nottingham City Centre, the reserve is home to a variety of birds and mammals as well as walking trails along lakes and grasslands.
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s spokesperson , Erin McDaid said: “Nowhere connects people and wildlife quite like Attenborough Nature Reserve and we knew that the site was well loved but we have been staggered by the level of support since we launched the appeal.
“The real value of the reserve is how much it means to local people; and that’s why we are delighted to announce the support of a range of local figures”.
At the present time, it is unknown what will become of the land if it does get sold.
To donate towards the appeal visit: https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/lifelineappeal