Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust last week secured 100 acres of farmland in the East Wight, with plans to transform the area into a rich wildlife haven. Until now, Little Duxmore has been principally an arable farm, producing crops like maize, however the Wildlife Trust hopes that the area will be transformed over the coming months and years, with the natural restoration of vital habitat for struggling farmland birds such as yellowhammer, skylark and even nightingale and cirl bunting. The farm could also become home to a huge variety of other wildlife.
This new wildlife site marks the start of the Trust’s rewilding journey and is a significant step towards their vison for a Wilder Wight. The farm land sits close to several other Wildlife Trust nature reserves and will form part of an expanding nature recovery network on the Island – creating the rich, connected landscape that wildlife needs to survive and thrive.