The recent Great Wildlife Exploration project at Hengistbury Head was given a boost by J.P. Morgan as they donated £500 towards the cost of the event and provided a number of people, via its Good Works Programme, which included children of volunteers from J.P. Morgan.

J.P. Morgan helped support our Great Wildlife Exploration and this event celebrates the importance of Hengistbury Head for its wildlife value,” says Brian Heppenstall, Senior Ranger. “By carrying out different surveys over a 24 hour period we hope to demonstrate to people how special the habitats are here and how important the preservation the Head is to many species. Our overall total for the weekend was 524 different species – of which, J.P. Morgans’ employees found 35 confirmed species and we are awaiting identification of around another 15.

During the activities we also hoped to demonstrate to people how much fun can be had being outside in nature, any chance to get people away from the phones, tv’s and tablets and out into the beautiful countryside brings with it health benefits, and coupling this with aiding our very special local wildlife, and reserves like Hengistbury, is a great way to do this.  We want to thank everyone who came along to help with this event, and as usual the very enthusiastic volunteers from J.P. Morgan!”

Hengistbury Head is a place of great interest not only for its wide variety of habitats including heathland, grassland, scrub, woodland, freshwater wetland and coastland but also for its internationally important archaeology and geology.

J.P. Morgan employs 4,000 technology and operations staff at its Bournemouth Corporate Centre and has a strong history of community engagement.

For further information about Hengistbury Head call 01202 451618 or visit the web site www.visithengistburyhead.co.uk