Trust takes over two new West Cornwall nature reserves

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Cornwall Wildlife Trust is the proud owner of two new nature reserves in west Penwith.

The trust has taken over Bostraze, near Pendeen, and Bartinney, next to Bartinney Downs near Sennen, in order to protect 84 acres of the area’s heathland and wetland habitats.

The sites are home to a variety of Cornish wildlife including skylarks, otters and numerous dragonflies and butterflies. They were bought thanks to the public’s generous donations to the trust’s Nature Reserves Appeal and with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Liz Cox, Wild Penwith project manager for Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said: “Bostraze is part of one of Penwith’s most spectacular wetlands and Bartinney’s heathland offers breathtaking views out to sea. One can even see the Isles of Scilly on a clear day.”

“We want people to come out and enjoy Bostraze and Bartinney and all they have to offer.”

A series of public events for both adults and children are being planned for over the course of this year, ranging from training in wildflower identification and hedging, to storytelling on the heath, wetland scrub clearance events and willow basket making.

As well as working to restore and enhance habitats at Bostraze and Bartinney, Cornwall Wildlife Trust also wants to investigate and protect historic features on these reserves including a prehistoric hut circle, a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a medieval track.

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