CORNWALL Wildlife Trust has acquired two new nature reserves in west Penwith – Bostraze, near Pendeen, and Bartinney, next to Bartinney Downs near Sennen.
The trust's purchase of these sites will help to protect 84 acres of west Penwith's valuable heathland and wetland habitats which are home to wildlife including skylark, otter and many dragonflies and butterflies.
Buying these sites was made possible thanks to the public's donations to the trust's Nature Reserves Appeal, and the support of the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Liz Cox, Wild Penwith project manager for Cornwall Wildlife Trust said: "We are delighted with people's interest and generous donations for the purchase of these new reserves. Bostraze is part of one of Penwith's most spectacular wetlands and Bartinney's heathland offers breathtaking views to sea, you can even see the Isles of Scilly on a clear day.
"We want people to enjoy Bostraze and Bartinney and all they have to offer. We will be running a series of public events for adults and children over 2014. Events will range from training in wildflower identification and hedging, to storytelling on the heath, wetland scrub clearance events and willow basket-making."
As well as working to restore and enhance habitats at Bostraze and Bartinney, Cornwall Wildlife Trust also wants to investigate and protect historic features on these reserves including a prehistoric hut circle, a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a medieval track.
To get involved watch out for details of upcoming events. For directions to visit Bostraze and Bartinney Nature Reserves for yourself go to www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature_reserves.