Waterton Park, located near Wakefield, has recently been added to Historic England’s protected register of parks and gardens. This park was created by 19th century naturalist Charles Waterton and is believed to be the first nature reserve in the world.

Charles Waterton was a visionary who recognized the importance of wildlife protection and the link between nature and wellbeing. He banned shooting and fishing on the site, created barriers to prevent predators, and implemented conservation efforts to protect wildlife in the area. His work resulted in thousands of wild birds sheltering at the lake during the winter and sightings of 123 species of birds in the park over the years.

In addition to his conservation efforts, Charles Waterton also planted new trees and brush cover, as well as allowing part of the lake to become wetlands for the benefit of herons and waterfowl. The three-mile-long boundary wall that surrounds the park has also been given Grade II listed status.

Sarah Charlesworth, team leader for the North of England, praised Charles Waterton’s pioneering efforts in creating a prototype for modern nature reserves where wildlife and people can coexist harmoniously for mutual benefit. John Smith, chairman of the Society of Friends of Waterton Wall, hopes that this new protected status will bring more awareness to Waterton’s life and work nationally.

It is important to recognize Charles Waterton’s contributions to conservation efforts in creating a nature reserve that benefits both wildlife and people alike.

By Samantha Johnson

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