Wildlife boost

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust officially took ownership of St Clair's Meadow, near Soberton''Picture:  Malcolm Wells (171027-6889)
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust officially took ownership of St Clair's Meadow, near Soberton''Picture: Malcolm Wells (171027-6889)
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A NATURE reserve home is due for a revamp after being bought by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

St Clair’s Meadow, in Soberton, is due to be restored so that is can be a home for wildlife, providing a safe haven for animals under protection of the trust.

The ownership was granted after support from the Pig Shed Trust and a £300,000 grant from Biffa Award.

It will provide a home for the water vole, Britain’s fastest declining mammal, which will find a home in the newly developed habitat.

Other animals including kingfisher, dragonflies and damselflies are frequent visitors to the site, with the changes hoping to assist in preserving the species.

John Durnell of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Trust, said: ‘The site has been ungrazed and unmanaged for a few years now.

‘We hope to instigate a management regime to keep it in a good condition.

‘The river itself is fantastic. We’re looking to see if the river has been moved and if we can move the river back to its historical course.

‘The river is also important to water vole.

‘That will always be a main focus to ensure the safety of them.’