Manager blog Jan 2015

Posted January 5, 2015 by Senga Grave

Over 15 Schools visited Watchtree for environmental education in 2014 and this does not include the 100+ students from INSPIRA, 140+ children from the schools orienteering league and the many other ‘youth’ visits!  I mention this as inquiries are already being made for visits in 2015.

Hello everyone and hope you all had a lovely Christmas and new year. Lets hope 2015 is a great year at Watchtree Nature Reserve and that we see even more ‘nature hungry’ visitors – last year over 16,000 people visited this special place. Walks, orienteering, quiet contemplation, cycling, bird watching, nature trails, school visits, guided walks and much more are always available but its always best to check first so please visit our website at or contact the manager

This year we hope to develop our car parking facilities to accommodate the ever increasing visitors. In addition, we hope to install a new ‘compost’ toilet near the John Muir hut and so move towards a more sustainable ‘energy-free’ future….going to the toilet will never be the same!

We are always wandering what interesting wildlife might turn up but that’s the intrigue of nature – you just never know. All we can say is that we seem to be doing a good job managing the existing habitats and certainly 2014 was a tremendous year for invertebrates and butterflies in particular….will it be as warm again in 2015! There does appear to be a ten year or so cycle for one-off ‘hot’ years.

Our new website looks great and also has a shop where you can buy stunning photography (card print or wood frame) and calendars. Why not become a member? Reduced fees at all events and cycling and, out of hours access, are the key benefits.

Hope to see you all here in 2015. Tim Lawrence (Nature Reserve Manager)

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