We are making an urgent appeal for funds to help secure the future of Blackmoor, an important area of heathland in Hampshire.

ARC has managed just over 41 hectares of Blackmoor, which is part of Woolmer Forest, since 2010. Woolmer Forest is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Blackmoor is also designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA). Twenty hectares (50 acres) of the site is now being put up for sale by the private landowner.

We need just under £250,000 by the end of 2019 to buy the site before the end of the year and hope to raise £10,000 or more of this through crowdfunding donations from those who know and love the area.

The site is home to adders, great crested newts, smooth newts, palmate newts, common frogs, common toads, common lizards and slow-worms. An objective of our land purchase is to reintroduce natterjack toads, restoring their range in Hampshire at a location next to the only surviving naturally-occurring population in southern England.

We are aiming to raise the majority of the funding from individual donations and trusts and have already received pledges of £85,000 towards the purchase, but crowdfunding support would form a crucial element and demonstrate the importance of the area to people.

Without secure ownership Blackmoor and its important species face an uncertain future.