HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES VISITS DANEWAY BANKS NATURE RESERVE FOLLOWING PUBLIC APPEAL

Thursday 21st July 2016

HRH The Prince of Wales, Patron of The Wildlife Trusts since 1977, will visit Daneway Banks Nature Reserve on Thursday, 21st July 2016 following a successful public appeal by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT). The visit will mark the launch of a new educational and research partnership with the Royal Entomological Society (RES), to be joint owners of the site with GWT.

The appeal to purchase the Daneway Banks was one of the most successful in GWT’s history. His Royal Highness supported the appeal, contributing £25,000 through his charitable foundation.

The appeal to purchase the Daneway Banks was one of the most successful in GWT’s history. His Royal Highness supported the appeal, contributing £25,000 through his charitable foundation.

Daneway Banks is now a stronghold for the Large Blue Butterfly following a successful reintroduction project and it is a wonderful example of limestone grassland. The partnership will aim to spread understanding of all the insects and other wildlife at the site.

His Royal Highness will be welcomed to the nature reserve near the village of Sapperton by Lord Lieutenant Dame Janet Trotter and High Sheriff, the Rt Hon Countess Bathurst.

His Royal Highness will then enjoy a tour of the nature reserve with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust CEO Roger Mortlock and Professor Jeremy Thomas OBE, Chair, RES Conservation Committee, who led the project to reintroduce the Large Blue Butterfly back to the Cotswolds. His Royal Highness will meet volunteers who work on the site, some of those GWT members who contributed to the public appeal, as well as GWT President and BBC Countryfile Presenter Ellie Harrison, who will thank His Royal Highness for his support. The tour will also include the ponies and sheep that graze the site, and a new carved wooden bench depicting the complex lifecycle of the Large Blue Butterfly.

The tour will be followed by a reception at the newly opened Daneway Inn where His Royal Highness will meet representatives of the Royal Entomological Society, The Large Blue Project (which includes Butterfly Conservation, the National Trust and Natural England) and Grundon Waste Management, long term supporters of GWT who helped to launch the public appeal. His Royal Highness will also be presented with a specially brewed organic beer, Rare Find, brewed for the occasion by Wadworth Brewery, owners of the Daneway Inn.

GWT President, Ellie Harrison, will invite His Royal Highness to unveil a plaque to commemorate the visit and meet staff, supporters and volunteers from both Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the Royal Entomological Society before taking his leave.