RSPB takes over Langford Lowfields


The RSPB has described its new ownership of Langford Lowfields as a "milestone".

After working with former owners Tarmac for 25 years, the charity has taken full control of the 120-ha wetland reserve, which is situated on the site of a disused quarry in Nottinghamshire.

Bearded Tit at Langford Lowfields (Ian Bollen).

Located near Newark, the site has the largest reedbed in the East Midlands. It is home to species such as Eurasian Bittern, Bearded Tit and Western Marsh Harrier. In 2022, 215 species of bird were recorded on site, with 53 species breeding.

Joe Harris, site manager at RSPB Langford Lowfields, said: "This is a vital and thriving wetland wonderland that provides a home for a range of amazing wildlife. This recent transfer of land to the RSPB marks a significant milestone in the history of the nature reserve and also in the ongoing, strong partnership between us and Tarmac.

"Looking ahead, as the woodlands, wetland, meadow and reedbed continue to develop and establish, so the variety of wildlife that people can see at Langford will continue to increase."

Stuart Wykes, director of natural land and resources at Tarmac, added: "Handing over the ownership of Langford Lowfields to the RSPB has always been an integral part of our plan to restore and protect the land for years to come. It truly is a one-of-a-kind place and it's important that it is preserved and cared for."