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SAVING A VANISHING WETL AND HABITAT


Gwent Wildlife Trust want to protect a precious area of wetland on the Gwent Levels, between Chepstow and Newport in South East Wales, creating a new nature reserve. In this article they explain why and appeal for your help.


More than 35 per cent of the world’s wetlands have been lost since the 1970s. These habitats are not only home to rare wildlife, they also provide many of the things which we rely on. Wetlands can help to retain flood water, purify it, and help the rural economy, bringing unproductive farmland land back into use as grazing. The Gwent Levels are an iconic, estuarine landscape of International significance. Reclaimed from the sea in Roman times, the Gwent Levels are a criss-crossed network of fertile fields and historic watercourses, known locally as reens. But they are also under threat from inappropriate development.


Gwent Wildlife Trust have the chance to purchase Bridewell Common near Magor, on the Gwent Levels to protect the ancient marshland for wildlife and people now, and for future generations and have launched a fundraising appeal. The Bridewell Common nature reserve will complement their neighbouring Magor Marsh Nature Reserve, which has been owned and managed by the Trust for over 50 years and is well-known, loved and visited by thousands of people.


To fulfil their plans for Bridewell, Gwent Wildlife Trust need people’s support in helping them raise funds to purchase the 81 acres of land and carry out immediate work to restore the habitat. Through their Bridewell Appeal, Gwent Wildlife Trust are hoping to raise at least £250,000 by July.


Appealing for support Gwent Levels Living Landscape Manager Gemma Bodé said she hoped people will see the fabulous opportunity to invest in this important area and that by donating to the Bridewell Appeal they can directly do their bit to safeguard and protect havens for wildlife and people.


Gemma said, “Bridewell Common in Magor is such an important piece in the overall wildlife jigsaw of the Gwent Levels. Sadly, more and more of our important green spaces and wildlife havens are being squeezed out of existence, especially on the Gwent Levels. So, when presented with the opportunity to purchase Bridewell Common, we felt we had to secure this important area in perpetuity, to the benefit of both wildlife and people. By


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