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Charles Waterton: The Pioneer of Modern Nature Reserves

BySamantha Jones

Mar 27, 2024
Waterton Park becomes part of heritage list as world’s first nature reserve

Charles Waterton, a 19th century naturalist, created the parkland that has been added to Historic England’s protected register of parks and gardens. This park, located near Wakefield, is believed to be the world’s first nature reserve. Waterton implemented conservation efforts to protect wildlife in the area by banning shooting and fishing on the site, creating barriers to keep out predators, and allowing part of the lake to become swampy to benefit herons and waterfowl.

Waterton planted new trees and undergrowth cover as well as actively encouraged people to visit the park to connect with nature. His work resulted in thousands of wildfowl sheltering on the lake during winter and over 123 bird species being observed in the park over the years. The three-mile-long boundary wall that was built by Waterton has been given Grade II listed status.

Sarah Charlesworth, listing team leader for Northern England, commended Waterton for his visionary approach in protecting wildlife and recognizing the connection between nature and wellbeing. John Smith, chair of Friends of Waterton’s Wall hopes that this new protected status will bring more attention to Waterton’s life and work on a national level. It is important to recognize Waterton’s pioneering efforts in creating a prototype for modern nature reserves where wildlife and humans can coexist harmoniously for mutual benefit.

By Samantha Jones

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