Fingringhoe Wick Land Purchase Appeal: target surpassed

Friday 1st August 2014

Fingringhoe Wick Land Purchase Appeal

Summer 2014: we are delighted to announce that we have reached and surpassed our target to purchase the land for the wetland creation at Fingringhoe Wick. Thank you so much for all the fantastic generosity and support that has helped us achieve our goal in such quick time.

We received tremendous support and have raised in total £145,856 - wow!

June 15 2014 was a momentous day for Essex Wildlife Trust: after three years of planning and fundraising the Trust was able to purchase the 83 acres adjoining our Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve to create an important wetland. In addition, thanks to your generosity - our original target was just shy of £86,000 - we have also been able to purchase a small woodland, which is situated on the left hand side as you enter our Fringringhoe Wick nature reserve. 

Fingringhoe Wick has been described as the ‘jewel in the Trust’s crown’ and was our first nature reserve in 1961. It is a truly magical area for nature and people and the new site is situated in a spectacular position with stunning views over the Colne Estuary.

This project gives us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create an international wetland habitat for rare and important species. We will create important intertidal habitats including coastal marshes and mudflats, natural habitats that are fast declining. Other habitats include native species hedgerow and species rich unimproved grassland. Essex Wildlife Trust is working in partnership with the Environment Agency, planning permission has already been granted and work will begin to fulfil our planning permission conditions.

Once again, we thank everyone so much for enabling this exciting project - a legacy for present and future generations to enjoy at Fingringhoe Wick - to come to fruition. We look forward to welcoming donors to the opening of the new wetland (likely to be late next year, 2015) and for everyone to be able to savour the new habitat and its wildlife, in years to come.

Important funders to thank include: WREN, Bannisters Charitable Trust, anonymous major donor, donation in the name of Ann Lowther, land purchase legacies, Environment Agency, Colchester Local Group - and all Trust members and the wider public who contributed.

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