“Sanctuary” refers to a place set aside or designated as a protected spot.
Under EU Agricultural Policy there is a “Set Aside” plan for farmers to fence off small, protected areas for biodiversity.
However, this does not apply to Bealtaine Cottage, as the holding is too small to be significant!
Maybe that is why there is such diversity packed into these three acres!
The more well-known forms of sanctuary are areas set aside by humans for the protection of land wildlife, sea life, or ocean life.
Here at Bealtaine there are areas of woodland, fresh water ponds and wetland, as well as other significant areas.
Within these three acres exist a flourishing ecosystem, as well as areas set aside to maintain functioning natural habitats.
These ecosystems act as refuges for species, whilst maintaining ecological processes that cannot survive beyond Bealtaines’ boundaries in most intensely managed landscapes.
Protected areas act as benchmarks against which we understand human interactions with the natural world.
Today they are often the only hope we have of stopping many threatened or endemic species from becoming extinct.
In the midst of EU sponsored monoculture, Bealtaine Cottage is an Ark for Nature.