Welcome to our new website

A very warm welcome to you all to our brand new website. Here, you’ll find our latest news as well as background information about the Garganey Trust and our reserves.

There’s lots more to come this year

2019 is a busy time at all our sites, with things happening at all of them and some new projects and ventures in the pipeline.

Top news is that the excavations on the ‘back field’ (also known as Chirl Hill on the old maps) which is part of our Wings across the Ings project at Broomhill Flash, started in February and will last for up to six weeks.

Bittern Excavations Ltd are carrying out the work. They have a cracking track record on wetland creation schemes, having worked on Adwick, Alkborough, Carlton Marsh, and Nosterfield nature reserves (amongst others), so we are sure we will get a great result. 

Big discoveries at Broomhill

The massive delay to the project (by some 18 months) was due to the discovery of Romano-British archaeological remains found onsite. This meant we had to re-design the project and re-run the planning process. 

The upside is that the archaeology will add to the fascinating history of the Dearne. Thanks to a grant from the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership, we will be holding a discovery day where you can see the pottery remains, read about the discoveries and see a demo of the methods used. Watch our events page for the up and coming date.

Developments at the Delf

At Denby Delf, Hazelwood Conservation have completed further work to shape and open the dense hawthorn scrub on site to provide sheltered glades for insects and foraging birds. 

We were thrilled to have a resident pair of willow tits last year – this is the UK’s fastest declining resident bird, the reasons for which aren’t yet fully understood. We are delighted to be part of the national Back from the Brink Willow Tit project which is learning more about this charming but elusive little bird. 

And Thunderbridge too!

At Thunderbridge Meadows, we are nearing completion of the Restoring Fenay Beck joint project with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Alongside Hazelwood Conservation, they have helped to control invasive waterplants, stabilise eroding riverbanks and secure boundaries – more on that soon.

Spring is around the corner – robins and song thrushes are singing and the first oystercatchers are returning from their wintering grounds.  Thanks to our brilliant volunteers for keeping the car-park and hide at Broomhill open and tidy, and thanks to you for visiting this first blog. Stay tuned!

4 thoughts on “Welcome to our new website

  1. Can I please ask why my valid comments have been deleted from your Facebook post and my access to comment, like, etc has been removed? I find it infuriating that you can not be bothered to respond to my questions and observations. An extremely unprofessional approach which doesn’t reflect well on the Trust and one which I will share with local residents.


    1. Hello Cheryl,

      As an environmental charity run by volunteers, we are doing our best to respond to every query we receive. That being said, we have a zero tolerance policy on any comments that are misleading or aggressive, and reserve the right to remove these from our website and social media. Please do feel free to resubmit your queries in a considered manner through the website.

      We have received a lot of positive feedback from local residents with regard to our approach on the reserve, and we thank those who have been supportive and constructive during this unprecedented time.


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