CORNWALL Wildlife Trust has announced the purchase of two new nature reserves in west Penwith.
The organisation has with help from donations from the public successfully bought Bostraze, close to Pendeen, and Bartinney, close to the downs near Sennen.
The trust said having the sites will help protect 84 acres of healthland and wetland habitats, which are noted to be home to “iconic Cornish wildlife” including skylarks, otters, dragonflies and butterflies.
Liz Cox, who manages the Wild Penwith Project, a branch of Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said the acquisition is a great step and praised the local support.
“We are delighted with people’s interest and generous donations for the purchase of these new reserves,” she said.
“Bostraze is part of one of Penwith’s most spectacular wetlands and Bartinney’s heathland offers breathtaking views out to sea - you can even see the Isles of Scilly on a clear day.”
The environmentalist added the trust would like to see people come out and experience the reserves. She also said there will be a series of public events over 2014, with training and classes in wildflowers, hedging, storytelling and willow basket making.
The trust said public donations to its Nature Reserves Appeal, which looked to raise the necessary funds to buy the reserves, were very “generous”, while it also received a sum from the National Lottery through a heritage scheme.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust said it will now look to “restore and enhance” the habitats, and also wants to investigate and preserve historic features there, including a prehistoric hut circle and a medieval track.
Reserves committee chairman, John Gowenlock, said: “These are two fantastic additions to our nature reserves in west Penwith and we hope that by creating new access and working with local communities.”
To get involved and find out more, visit: www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature_reserves