Windmill Hill, near the Littletons, is a wildlife-rich grassland owned by the nature conservation charity Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. The six hectare reserve is managed by a team of volunteers who meet once a month and a small group of four-footed grazers.
The Trust are running a volunteer taster day on Saturday 14th March for anyone interested in finding out more about this remarkable spot and what’s involved in volunteering there.
David Molloy, conservation officer responsible for the management of the reserve, explained “This is a truly special pocket of land that looks amazing in spring and summer; it’s the largest area of lime-based grassland so there are plants like greater butterfly and pyramid orchid as well as wild liquorice and field scabious.
“These plants, and the wildlife that they support, can only exist because of the dedicated group of volunteers that helps us to look after the site.
“Our volunteers help clear some of the scrub that our livestock aren’t able to, which keeps the grassland open and ensures the variety of plants are able to grow.
“They also help with path and fence maintenance, wildflower surveying and butterfly monitoring.”