Conservation On-Site Projects

On-site Conservation Projects

The Trust is extremely fortunate to have a habitat restoration project on site. Since 1995, the HCT has worked to restore an area of chalk downland wildflower meadow.

The site, called Reg’s Meadow, is a memorial to the founder of The Hawk Conservancy, Reg Smith. Reg was passionate about all forms of wildlife, but was particularly fond of the downlands and their associated wildlife. The purchase of the land to begin the project was one of Reg’s last conservation projects before he passed away in 1995.

Since that time, Reg’s Meadow has developed spectacularly. It is part of the Hampshire Biodiversity Action Plan and is a significant site, particularly for important BAP species such as bumblebees.

Here is a summary of our aims and project ambitions in Reg’s Meadow and another project in the Hawk Conservancy grounds. Follow the link at the end for additional background information and recent developments.

Meadow view

Biodiversity enhancement of Reg’s Meadow

Aim:

To quantify the current, and increase the future biodiversity of Reg’s Meadow

Outcomes

  • An annual biodiversity report for the meadow
  • Increased role for member volunteers

Benefits

  • Active role in biodiversity conservation and management
  • Working partnership with other conservation organisations
Red Kites

Lepidoptera survey and enhancement of HCT grounds

Aim:

To develop the HCT as a high value location for local butterflies and moths

Outcomes

  • Increased number and diversity of Lepidoptera species
  • Annual HCT Lepidoptera report

Benefits

  • Activity for visitor groups of all types
  • Partnership with another conservation organisation
  • Educational benefits to visitors and member groups
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