Devon Wildlife Trust s largest nature reserve at Marsland on the Devon-Cornwall border has grown bigger this month. The Trust has bought a further seven hectares of woodland and meadow there. The land, part of Beatland Woods, is an important addition to

Devon Wildlife Trust's largest nature reserve at Marsland on the Devon-Cornwall border has grown bigger this month.The Trust has bought a further seven hectares of woodland and meadow there. The land, part of Beatland Woods, is an important addition to the Site of Special Scientific Interest and will provide extra habitat for many rare species of birds, plants and insects. It is exceptionally diverse, consisting of wooded, steep sided valleys along with coastal heath, meadows, small streams and ponds.The Trust's land management manager Matt Boydell said: "This site is the largest nature reserve we own and it's great to be able to increase it further with this new purchase. "At nearly 200 hectares this site has a wide variety of habitats. This new area of woodland and meadows should help us to manage the site more effectively, allowing a wide range of species to thrive."The site is particularly well known for its important populations of five species of threatened fritillary butterflies. For more information about DWT's nature reserves visit www.devonwildlifetrust.org