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Spring flowers put on a show at Kites Hill

31 May, 2013 - 09:05 -- World Land Trust
Bluebells and anenomes at Kites Hilll. © TCV / Holly Paton.
Hedgerow trees planted at Kites Hill. © TCV / Holly Paton.

Kites Hill reserve is coming back to life after a long hard winter. Unlike other reserves supported by World Land Trust (WLT), Kites Hill is in this country. It is easy to reach and open for visitors.

Kites Hill reserve, in Gloucestershire, was bequeathed to the Trust as a living legacy by Jane Pointer. The site is managed in partnership by WLT and The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and representatives of both organisations meet regularly to plan the work programme.

Conservation activities

At the beginning of April, WLT staff members Charlotte Beckham (Conservation Development Assistant), and Ruth Stanton Saringer (Communications Officer), visited Kites Hill to meet with Holly Paton, of TCV, to discuss priorities on the reserve for the year.

Holly reported on activities carried out during the winter months which included annual rotational coppicing and planting the gaps in an overgrown hedgerow.

Thanks to funding from Western Power, 450 native hedgerow trees have been planted into some  230 metres of hedgerow bordering the nature trail.

Previously a straggly line of trees due to lack of management, the new planting has closed up gaps to create a wildlife corridor for birds and small mammals.

Charlotte and Ruth also met with tenant farmer Michael Drake who manages the pasture at Kites Hill to organic standards. He keeps invasive weeds at bay and encourages a greater variety of plants through grazing his cattle on the Kites Hill pasture.

They also met with Nigel Dickenson, a local resident who takes a personal interest in the reserve and whose monitoring is greatly appreciated.

"Kites Hill is an excellent demonstration of how World Land Trust works with local conservation organisations and communities." 
(Ruth Stanton Saringer, WLT Communications Officer)

Following the visit Ruth commented: “I have been mainly involved in working for WLT on overseas projects so it was a really good opportunity for me to see first hand the Trust’s conservation ‘window’ in the UK. It is a beautiful location and I think the reserve is an excellent demonstration of how WLT works  with local conservation organisations and communities around the world.”

Information panels

The Trust has recently completed three information panels, which will be installed at the entrance to the reserve a few weeks’ time. The panels show a map of the reserve together with information about wildlife that might be seen and an explanation on how the reserve is managed to encourage biodiversity.

The Trust is also planning additional interpretation points along the nature trail.

More information

  • Kites Hill is just off the A46 between Stroud and Cheltenham, just before Prinknash Abbey (grid reference 875133). Map »
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