Conigre Mead Celebration Party - 24th June: 12 - 4pm

Come and celebrate our new look thanks to being

awarded Lottery funding enabling access to everyone


  • Dragonfly and insect walk, pond dipping, storytelling and drumming, wildlife games, children's craft workshop
  • Information stalls in the marquee : Wiltshire Ornithological Society, Climate Friendly Group and Wildlife Hospital
  • Canoe taster trip, fishing and bee-keeping demonstrations
  • Light refreshments and drinks
  • Bat Walk in the evening 9.15 pm

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Progress on Lottery-Funded Works

Improvement works at Conigre Mead have continued, despite all the rain earlier this month which flooded the site (see photo below).

may 2012 flood

The new all-weather paths have been completed and 2 new gates have been installed, which will improve accessibility on the reserve. A new gate at the entrance by the A350 will be installed soon.

new path re-size

new gate re-size

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Update on Lottery-Funded Works

The contractors will be starting on the new paths and gates towards the end of April, and the work will take about 2 weeks.

The bridge repairs are now complete and a non-skid surface has been installed.
The designers are working on the new interpretation boards which will be different for each of the 3 gates.
We hope that we will have some money to spare and plan to dig a new pond which will be at the southern side and will not be flooded by the river.

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Lottery-Funded Work to Begin

Appeal for Volunteers

Several bids have been received for the installation of new weather-proof paths and we have appointed a contractor for this.  Work will start on this when the weather is likely to be dry - probably in April.

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Latest news - June 2012

20th June 2012

Well here we are - the Lottery Project is finished! - well almost - just the celebration to go and we will be putting the Youth Art Work project in place in the next day or two.

We have a restored bridge, new paths, new gates, new pond and new information boards.



Our volunteers, with the help of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, have put in a lot of hard work extra to their normal commitment.


Already we have noticed an increase in the number of people, not just rushing through on their way to work and shops, but stopping to look at the natural wonders of our tiny reserve and enjoying its tranquility.

Their has been a lot of disruption of course but nature will take its course in restoring some of the flowers which have been displaced, not to mention a late start to their season.

Notably, the dragonflies which did so well last year, have been slow to appear. However the damselflies are about, though in fairly low numbers.

It’s good to see the riverside willow trees now sprouting profusely again.

We hope to see lots of people at our celebration next Sunday 24th June.

Don’t forget the Bat Walk at 9.15 pm. Meet in the reserve by the riverside gate.

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Upcoming Activities

Put the Party date in your diary: 24th June from 12 noon till 4 pm- All welcome!
There will be fun & games for all the family: a story teller, stalls from interested organisations, help from the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, pond dipping, light refreshments and drinks.
Also, an artist has been appointed to work with the young people a the Canberra youth centre. They are going to make an exciting ceramic display of dragonflies, which will be installed in time for the party.

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Art Activity

Lottery-funded project

We hope to involve some young people in an art activity for the Lottery project, based on environmental issues in the Reserve.  Several artists have sent in proposals and we will meet with the young people at the Canberra shortly to make a decision.

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Lottery Award

The Volunteer Group who help to maintain Conigre Mead Nature Reserve in Melksham, which is owned by the Wiltshire wildlife Trust, Have been awarded a BIg Lottery Grant of £47710 for works to improve the reserve. 

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