The Kingcombe Appeal
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The Kingcombe Appeal

Target: £45000.00
Raised So Far: £18488.00

Why we need your help

We need to raise £45,000 to ensure Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve and the inspirational Kingcombe Centre continue to thrive in the future.

The 180-hectare site requires the upkeep of considerable infrastructure to maintain an effective grazing programme for the extensive wildlife-rich grasslands.

We also want to establish Kingcombe (the reserve and centre) as the gateway to accessing the west Dorset countryside.

How your donation will be spent

Managing the nature reserve:

  • Replacing several kilometres of fencing, which is key to providing flexibility and control of grazing.
  • Digging out ditch system that are waterlogged and overgrown with rushes.
  • Replacing several field gates and water troughs.
  • replacing some farming machinery and a vehicle.
  • Re-laying a number of hedges.

Improvement to the visitor experience and expansion of our education offer to the public:

  • Improving the access, interpretation information and way-marking trails for public benefit.
  • Building an innovative outdoor educational space and new boardwalk down to the River Hooke. This multi-purpose facility will help boost our educational activities, whilst also being great for wildlife viewing, simply relaxing or dining al fresco
  • Making a new wildlife exploration zone for families.

We are applying to a number of grant funders to help meet these costs. Your donation will be used as the required match funding from Dorset Wildlife Trust. So for every pound given up to nine pounds more may be released.

Your donation can make a real difference

With your help we can ensure that Kingcombe remains a remarkable wildlife site and centre for natural history engagement, for all to enjoy today and for generations to come.

  • £15 will replace a waymarked post
  • £25 will buy 10m of essential fencing
  • £40 will release up to £360 in grant funding
  • £125 will fund a new field gate
  • £1000 will be a major contribution towards creating a new wildlife exploration zone for families

A donation receipt will be sent to you by email once your donation has been processed, and we can guarantee that 100% of your gift will go directly towards our work at Kingcombe.

Thank you!

Neil Gibson
Reserves Manager (North & West)

Raised online:£1506.00
Raised offline:£16982.00
Total giftaid:£356.00

Anonymous donation 13/Apr/2018

£25.00 + £6.25 Gift Aid
Ian Woosey

Merry Christmas to all at DWT.

Donated by Ian Woosey 09/Dec/2017

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 04/Oct/2017

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 07/Aug/2017


Anonymous donation 29/Jul/2017

£75.00 + £18.75 Gift Aid

Best Wishes for the next 30 years

Anonymous donation 29/Jul/2017

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 21/Jul/2017

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 13/Jul/2017

£2.00 + £0.50 Gift Aid
Katherine West

Wildlife needs to be preserved and enjoyed by all so much Gratitude to all the effort that is put into these projects, Thanks.

Donated by Katherine West 02/Jul/2017

£80.00 + £20.00 Gift Aid

Thank you for continuing to protect our unique wildlife

Donated by Penny 22/Jun/2017

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid
Tony Morton

Kingcombe has been a favourite place of mine for a long time. Best wishes for the project.

Donated by Tony Morton 15/Jun/2017

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 12/Jun/2017

£2.00 + £0.50 Gift Aid
Alys Shale

This needs to be preserved

Donated by Alys Shale 10/Jun/2017

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

Keep it up!

Donated by Chevva 10/Jun/2017

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 09/Jun/2017

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid
Jane Stevens

Donated by Jane Stevens 08/Jun/2017

£25.00 + £6.25 Gift Aid

Good luck!

Donated by Anon 08/Jun/2017

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 08/Jun/2017

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid
Emma Parsons

Lovely place

Donated by Emma Parsons 08/Jun/2017

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 05/Jun/2017

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Kingcombe is such a wonderful place and must be maintained for future generations - it is a real gem in the Dorset countryside.

Donated by Anonymous 05/Jun/2017

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 04/Jun/2017

£25.00 + £6.25 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 29/May/2017


Keep up the good work..,

Donated by Andrew 27/May/2017

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 26/May/2017

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 24/May/2017

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

keep up the good work

Donated by Gary 23/May/2017

£25.00 + £6.25 Gift Aid

Keep up this marvellous & important work, I look forward to visiting one day!

Donated by Michelle 23/May/2017

£40.00 + £10.00 Gift Aid
Dylan Reisenberger

for the Kingcombe appeal

Donated by Dylan Reisenberger 22/May/2017

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 20/May/2017

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 20/May/2017

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid
Mr&Mrs Holland

Donated by Mr&Mrs Holland 20/May/2017

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 19/May/2017

£100.00 + £25.00 Gift Aid
Tony Lovelace

Keep up the good work, Love Kingcombe.

Donated by Tony Lovelace 19/May/2017

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 18/May/2017

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid
Alison Copland

Keep up the great work!

Donated by Alison Copland 18/May/2017

Derek Boddington

Good work!

Donated by Derek Boddington 18/May/2017

£30.00 + £7.50 Gift Aid

See red squirrels on Brownsea Island

Donated by Bounce56 18/May/2017

£250.00 + £62.50 Gift Aid
David FitzJohn

By coincidence we visited the Meadows on Sunday and saw flowers we had never seen before. A completely delightful experience.

Donated by David FitzJohn 18/May/2017

£25.00 + £6.25 Gift Aid

Keep up the good work

Donated by DoubleDiamond 18/May/2017

A Cook

A very special Dorset place

Donated by A Cook 16/May/2017

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid
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