Nine projects run by The Wildlife Trusts, the RSPB and Butterfly Conservation are to benefit from the first £1.6 million to be awarded by not-for-profit business WREN from its new Biodiversity Action Fund (BAF). The £10 million, five year funding programme aims to restore, conserve and revive the UK’s natural habitats and protect endangered species. Awards were made between £113,000 and £250,000, with two projects receiving the maximum £250,000 - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and the RSPB in Eastern England.
Chris Packham said; "This is a fabulous scheme which puts substantial and much needed sums of real money into real conservation and targets it at intelligent projects which seek to protect and enhance the UK's natural biodiversity - superb!"
Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Paul Learoyd said:"We are delighted to have received the maximum award from WREN. This funding is a significant step towards the creation of a Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park: a very exciting project for people and wildlife. We're in negotiation for a piece of land within the core area of the Coastal Country Park which will be transformed into a wildlife
haven. We are looking to restore wet grassland, wetland features and reedbeds to support a variety of reedbed, aquatic and marsh birds and to improve access. However, negotiations are at a sensitive stage, we will make an announcement in the near future with further details."
WREN is a not for profit business that awards grants to community projects across the UK on behalf of Waste Recycling Group (WRG). The organisation has committed £10 million over the next five years to biodiversity projects, to help redress the balance of nature by expanding, recovering and conserving habitats.
To be eligible for the funding, projects had to demonstrate how they would work towards meeting national, regional or local biodiversity targets set out in Biodiversity Action Plans.
Peter Cox, managing director of WREN comments; "We’ve funded projects that will enhance, restore and revive some of the UK’s most precious habitats, providing a safe haven for British nature and wildlife. We’re looking forward to seeing the projects take shape with the WREN funding, and seeing the positive impact they’ll have, helping to conserve natural spaces and species for generations to come."
Bids for funding were invited by WREN in October 2008 and were restricted to projects located within 10 miles of a landfill site. Applications for year two of the scheme are now being invited. Deadline for applications is 29 January 2010. Visit www.wren.org.uk for more information.