Nature Reserves in the Hamptons
A Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation, Hampton Nature Reserve boasts one of Europe’s most successful populations of great crested newts. Because of its protected status, access to Hampton Nature Reserve is restricted to people volunteering with the wildlife charity Froglife.
This valuable landscape of more than 300 ponds, is notable not only for its amphibian population but at least 27 butterfly species, 18 species of dragonfly and 120 species of water beetle.
Volunteer working party at the Nature Reserve
A group of local volunteers join Reserve Warden Paul Furnborough to survey the butterfly population. Hampton Nature Reserve is managed by the charity Froglife, who regularly carry out surveys such as this to monitor how the site's abundant wildlife is doing. To protect wildlife, access to the reserve is through volunteering or at special events. Video shot by David Skerry, 2013.