Better visitor spaces planned for Langford Lakes
It’s home to hundreds of different species of birds, some of them really rare, and there’s been plenty of work going on to make the habitat better for wildlife – but now, there’s plans to make the Langford Lakes nature reserve nicer for visitors too.
The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, which runs the site at Steeple Langford, wants to renovate one of the buildings on site, as it’s unused at the moment.
Tamsin Whinton from the charity explains what they want to do:
“We do hold a lot of educational visits and we were using the entrance building as a sort of storage area for all the educational material. It’s quite near the road and it’s not really suitable for children to be around that area, so we want to move them into the lakeside building and then we can use the entrance as more of an office space and visitor information point as well.”
The idea is to spread all of their equipment out and make it easier and more spacious for visitors to use.
It’s hoped that all the work will be completed by next Spring, in time for the busiest season for them.
Langford Lakes Reed Bed
The reserve’s growing in popularity, thanks to efforts by the charity to improve the habitat for local wildlife there – that kind of work is pictured here, with riverbank restoration ongoing over the last few years.
Tamsin Wharton is from the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust:
“We want to invite more people down as that reserve really does have everything you need. It’s got toilet facilities, plenty of parking, there’s a little bit of woodland, there’s lots of places you can sit down, we’ve got bird hides and all the lovely lakes where you can see all the wading birds and things as well. It really is quite a varied place down there.”
The funding for the Langford Lakes project has got a bit of a kickstart, with a donation from ethical insurance company Evergreen.
They donate a portion of their profits back into environmental projects, and have given £1,000 towards the scheme (pictured below).
Evergreen Insurance Langford Lakes Presentation (WWT)
But the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust will need more support to be able to complete the work – if you can help, you can donate via their website at www.wiltshirewildlife.org