Artist's impression of Hockley Meadows Farm by Dan Powell
URGENT LAND PURCHASE APPEAL
Can you help us to make a real step forward for wildlife in Hampshire?
We have a one-off opportunity to buy a farm with species-rich water meadows at the heart of the Itchen Valley and we need your help to make sure we don’t miss out.
Hockley Meadows Farm sits within a significant area of floodplain meadow in Twyford (see location map), which supports key species such as water vole, otter, marsh marigold and the rare southern damselfly.
Together we can protect this landscape and save the farm and its water meadows from a future of development, commercialisation or intensification.
Water meadows bursting with wildlife used to be a common sight in the Itchen Valley but between 1976 and 1994 over 45% of species-rich floodplain grassland in Hampshire was lost. On top of this, changes in management of the remaining water meadows have also lead to catastrophic declines in species such as lapwing and snipe.
We have some funds towards the purchase of the farm from a very generous gift left to us in a will, but we still need to raise £200,000 in order to complete the purchase in a few weeks’ time.
Can you make a donation today?
Thank you so much for your support
At the end of week three we have managed to raise an amazing £142,000.
If we raise more than we need for this appeal we promise to use the surplus to fund the ongoing land management at our nature reserves.