Chiltern Rangers

Inspiring and Enriching Communities

Chiltern Rangers

Enhancing Local Environments

Chiltern Rangers

Inspiring and Enriching Communities

Chiltern Rangers

Enhancing Local Environments

Funges Meadow Nature Reserve

Funges Meadow is a small reserve containing a large pond, adjacent to the River Wye. It is not open to the public but is made available to schools and other groups for educational purposes.

Situated within the Thames Water Catchment, Funges Meadow Nature Reserve in High Wycombe borders the main back stream to the River Wye, which itself passes within 30 m of the reserve.  Funges Meadow is a small urban nature reserve owned by Wycombe District Council, leased to (and managed by) Chiltern Rangers.  Its value in recent years has declined, primarily due to the introduction of fish and illegal fishing. This has led to excessive nutrients being produced in the water (through fish defecation and baiting) which causes algal blooms that limits the light penetrating the water and, of course, the over stocked fish help to eat anything else that tries to live in the pond.  Chiltern Rangers are developing Funges meadow to become a community-focused centre for environmental awareness, engagement and education.  We are achieving this in partnership with Revive the Wye (RtW) which includes the following organisations:

Have a look at the Funges Improvement project 2015-18 page and our Young Roots project page for further information.

Click on the Habitats and Wildlife page to read about the fascinating environmental diversity there is at Funges.

Funges Meadow is now a community asset for the Chiltern Rangers’ Outreach programme, which includes groups of mixed ages and abilities. The habitat improvement work in this area has enabled Chiltern Rangers and Revive the Wye to expand their engagement with local schools and community groups.

There are other opportunities to get involved here through ‘Be A Ranger’ days for corporate teams and also community days in association with Revive the Wye.

The aim of this project was to get local people, of a wide range of ages and abilities, involved and hands-on in restoring and enhancing their local river (River Wye) and wetland (Funges Meadow).

Click on the Events page on our website for further activities in Funges Meadow.

Thank you again to all our supporters!

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