Iolo Williams joins appeal to save Dolforwyn Woods
Television presenter Iolo Williams is urging the public to help Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust to save a local nature reserve.
Dolforwyn Woods near Abermule in Powys has been managed by the local Wildlife Trust for five years but its owners plan to sell it at the end of October. The woods are home to rare dormice, woodpeckers and butterflies and are enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year. If sold to private owners the woods may no longer be open to the public and could be felled destroying many habitats for wildlife.
Iolo Williams, the wildlife expert who regularly appears on BBC’s Springwatch, has donated to the appeal and is asking others to do the same. He said: "Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust has worked hard to improve the variety and quality of habitats available at Dolforwyn Woods so that wildlife there can flourish for the local community to enjoy. I really hope that the people of Wales dig deep to protect this treasured area."
Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust which also runs the Osprey Centre near Machynlleth and Llyn Coed y Dinas in Welshpool has organised a number of events as part of its efforts to raise money to buy the woods.
So far they have raised nearly £35,000 but there’s a long way to go to reach the £150,000 needed to buy the woods.
Eley Hart, Operations Manager at Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, said: "Dolforwyn Woods is loved by many: people go rambling, dog walking, horse riding and for picnics there and we hold a number of events for families and children. It would terrible if we lost it because that access would be lost to the public. There is nothing to say that if someone buys it they won’t buy it for commercial purposes and fell it. That would be a tragedy.
For more information about the appeal and to donate click here.
16 October 2014