Why we need Donations and Gifts
LWT is a charity managed entirely by volunteers, run on annual subscriptions and receives no funding from the borough council, but a significant majority of the conservation work across Sandford and Lavell’s is via volunteer work parties in cooperation and permission with Dinton Pastures Countryside Service, but access to their tools and resources is not guaranteed in the future, meaning we need funds to buy and maintenance our own tools.
As the new owners of Lea Farm Lake (LFL) we plan to fence the whole perimeter, start cattle grazing and commence a full scale management plan to create extensive, new wetland habitats. On top if this, wecarry out a multitude of other tasks over a typical year, these include:
- year-round feeding for tits and finches
- cutting and managing Phragmites reed-beds
- maintenance and repair of hides, paths and fences
- maintaining Sand Martin wall
- maintaining Tern rafts
- cutting back vegetation to keep attracting wildfowl and waders
- scrub and tree management
- planting new shrubs
A vision for our wetland habitats
We do apply for grant funding from time to time, we were successful in applying to Thames Water in 2017 for a habitat improvement project carried out over a year. We received £15,250 to improve Lavell’s Tern scrape, excavate new reed beds, create a wet grass meadow and install new fencing, viewing screens and a solar powered irrigation pump for the scrape – the first of its kind in Berkshire. In summer 2019 we were made a grant offer from Network Rail for £42,200 to provide large new Phragmites reed beds and extensive marshlands around the NE bay and East Shore of Lea Farm Lake. While the grant, which is subject to planning permission being obtained, covers much of the cost of habitat creation, LWT must top it up and bears the cost of future maintenance.
State of the art new hide
Assuming we are successful we are committed to building another fantastic, show piece hide overlooking the brilliant new habitats at LFL where we’re creating ideal conditions to attract breeding Little-ringed Plover, Redshank, Lapwing and Oystercatcher, along with many passage species and many more wintering dabbling and grazing ducks like Teal and Wigeon.
At this early stage we think the hide is going to cost in excess of £25,000, which will need to be funded by donations and grants. If you can help, please visit our Virgin Money donation site now.
We have other dreams too – our own parking, extending our conservation land further along the Loddon Valley, a visitor centre perhaps.
The road to fullfilling these, will have many challenges. By his gift of Lea Farm Lake to us, Ron Bryant showed that all we need to do is tell people about them and those that want to share our dreams, will step forward. Be part of Berkshire’s best wetland nature reserve and talk to us about any ideas you have to fund raise firstname.lastname@example.org
Ways to give;
- Via our Virgin Money donation site
- Send a cheque to The Treasurer, Lavell’s Wetland Trust, c/o Dinton Pastures Countryside Service, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, RG10 0TH
- Bank transfer to: Lavell’s Wetland Trust, HSBC, 26 Broad Street, Reading, RG1 2BU: sort code 40-38-04; account 95012716 (please add the reference “LWT conservation”)
- Leave LWT a gift in your Will – more information here.