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 The Desborough & District Group of the Wildlife Trust was formed in 1984 by a group of local naturalists and wildlife enthusiasts with Nigel Lingley, who remains an active member, its first chairman. Still very much alive and kicking, the Group meets on the second Tuesday at 7.30pm during the winter months, September to April, in the Desborough Heritage Centre, Station Road (entrance £2 including refreshments).  In the summer, between May and August, outdoor visits and walks also take place on the second Tuesday, starting at 7pm in Station Road, and there are occasional weekend events also.

The Group has four local reserves on its doorstep, managed by the Wildlife Trust: the Plens; Tailby Meadow; Rothwell Gullet and Stoke End Quarter, which is part of the larger Stoke Wood.  On an ad-hoc basis members of the Group volunteer to carry out a variety of conservation tasks at these reserves.

The regular indoor meetings provide an opportunity to find out more about wildlife species and the habitat that they live in.

When the idea Great Fen project came into being, the “Living Landscape” for wildlife, joining together smaller reserves, taking in surrounding land and improving it for nature, was formed. 

On Tuesday 12th March, Henry Stanier will give an update about the wonderful things that have been achieved for wildlife by this project. On Tuesday 9th April, Brian Eversham, the CEO of this region’s Wildlife Trust, will speak on his chosen topic: “The Past and Future for Natural History”.

Operating within the area of the Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Wildlife Trust, the Group endeavours to raise as much money as possible for its projects. Each summer they hold one major fundraising event, alternating between a concert at Brampton Ash church, and Desborough Open Gardens.  In 2019 it will be concert time.

Anyone with an interest in nature and the countryside would be most welcome.  For more details, please contact Stephen Ashpole on  01780 729406 or Bob Freeman on 01536 760770.

 The Desborough & District Group of the Wildlife Trust