Bystock pool appeal: just £9,000 left to go

PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 July 2015

The stunning setting of Bystock pond in Exmouth taken by reader Geoffrey Martin.

The stunning setting of Bystock pond in Exmouth taken by reader Geoffrey Martin.

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People are being urged to help Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) raise the final £9,000 they need to save an Exmouth beauty spot.

A campaign by DWT is attempting to raise a total of £45,000 to buy the Bystock nature reserve from landowners South West Water (SWW).

So far, the trust has raised £36,000, thanks to donations from residents, the trust’s Bysotck group of volunteers and DWT supporters across the county.

Liz Hamling, a member of the Exmouth and Bystock DWT group of volunteers who help look after the reserve, said: “We are so thrilled with the support that local people have shown by donating to the appeal to save Bystock.

“It just shows how important the reserve is to everyone.”

DWT’s Dan Smith said: “We’ve been delighted with the generous response we’ve had to our appeal to help purchase Bystock Pools.

“Lots of people who’ve donated have commented on how much they love the place and how they remember coming to events or on primary school visits and the stunning wildlife they’ve discovered here.”

Landowner SWW announced its intention to sell the nature reserve earlier this year after the 21-year lease to DWT came to an end.

Donations meant the trust was able to put up the £100,000 for the deposit and then begin raising £45,000 to meet the rest of the purchase price.

Donations can be made online at www.devonwildifetrust.org/beautiful-bystock-appeal or by ringing 01392 279244.


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