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Waterton Park’s Recognition as a Protected Site: Honoring Pioneer Charles Waterton’s Conservation Efforts

BySamantha Nguyen

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

Waterton Park, located in Wakefield, has been recognized by Historic England as a protected site on their register of parks and gardens. This parkland was created by 19th Century naturalist Charles Waterton, who is believed to be the world’s first nature reserve.

Waterton’s vision for the park included creating barriers to keep out predators, prohibiting shooting and fishing on the site, and implementing conservation efforts to protect wildlife in the area. His work resulted in thousands of wildfowl taking shelter on the lake during winter and the observation of over 123 bird species in the park.

In addition to his conservation efforts, Waterton planted new trees and undergrowth cover, allowing part of the lake to become swampy to benefit herons and waterfowl. He actively encouraged people to visit the park to connect with nature.

Sarah Charlesworth, listing team leader for Northern England, praised Waterton as a visionary who recognized the importance of protecting wildlife and the connection between nature and wellbeing. John Smith, chair of the Friends of Waterton’s Wall, hopes that the new protected status will bring more awareness 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 Nguyen

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