Brockholes boss: ‘Let’s be a top attraction’

Andrea Koczogh (l) and Donalda Williams have taken on new jobs at Brockholes reserve in Preston
Andrea Koczogh (l) and Donalda Williams have taken on new jobs at Brockholes reserve in Preston
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The new head of a Lancashire nature reserve says that she is excited about her new role and is hoping to get the community more involved to help it become one of the county’s top visitor attractions.

Donalda Williams, newly appointed general manager of Brockholes nature reserve near Preston, says: “I think there is something very lovely about Brockholes because it is specifically designed to reclaim nature that has been lost in Lancashire. I’d like the community involvement to increase so that people are more aware of wildlife. I’d like to get that mix of people who just want a nice day out, but also those who are really interested in wildlife because there is enough biodiversity here.”

Proud nature lover Donalda, who grew up on Scotland’s Isle of Lewis, says a big challenge will be attracting visitors in the winter months: “At the moment we are very weather dependent. We are looking at doing some workshops and talks and having some of our conservationists from the Wildlife Trust come into our restaurant.”

Also hoping to lure crowds into the restaurant is new catering manager Andrea Koczogh, who has swapped his fine-dining and four-star background for open-water and wildlife. He said: “It’s a fantastic place. People are amazed how nice it is here.”