Clophill Lakes

The Greensand Trust is currently requesting a minor amendment to the planning condition. The change will still require Cainhoe SAM Management Plan to be approved prior to the reserve opening to the public, but will allow the associated works to enable that access to commence.

The Greensand Trust has been working for over 20 years to acquire Clophill Lakes and we are therefore delighted to announce that the future of this 118ha wildlife site has been secured with the transfer to the Trust now complete.

Clophill Lakes is extremely important for its wildlife and heritage and is a major feature in the local landscape. It lies within the Flit Valley and the Greensand Ridge Nature Improvement Area and includes the nationally important Cainhoe Castle Scheduled Monument (pictured), with its motte and baileys and associated moated site, fish ponds and field system. 

County Wildlife Site

Much of the site is recognised as a County Wildlife Site for its mosaic of wetland and floodplain habitats and its wintering waders and wildfowl. In the absence of public access, a wide variety of species have taken up residence from otters, sand martins and colourful dragonflies in the wetlands, to skylarks and wildflowers in the grassland areas. The Greensand Trust is therefore committed to ensure that public access to this site is established in a sensitive and sustainable manner which conserves and enhances these emerging habitats, whilst enabling visitors to share in the benefits this very special environment provides.

We need your help!   

Whilst the Trust has secured some funding to contribute to establishing the site, this funding only provides for basic access improvements and makes no allowance for conservation work or the supporting facilities the site will need to ensure its future sustainability and protection. 

For this reason we are launching this Charity Appeal for Clophill Lakes to seek support from a wide range of charities, businesses and members of the public, to help us ensure we can protect and establish this site as a high quality haven for nature. Furthermore, Greensand Trust Patron and former Chairman Peter Smith MBE has offered to match any donations made to this appeal via The Peter Smith Charitable Trust. 

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