Tuesday, 16 July 2013

£500,000 boost for Devon wildlife

North Devon's nature lands half million pound boost 

July 2013. Wildlife havens across north Devon will see the benefit of new funding as the Devon Wildlife Trust has secured half a million pounds to help its work for the future of some of the region's most valuable natural habitats.

The funding from Biffa Award's Flagship Scheme, which will be paid over three years, is set to fund the charity's Working Wetlands project in its work to restore, re-create and re-connect the precious Culm grasslands of north Devon. The money was won under fierce competition as Biffa Award's Flagship Scheme funds only two, regionally significant projects each year throughout the whole of the UK. 

Culm grasslands
Devon Wildlife Trust's Land Manager, Matt Boydell, expressed his delight at the news: ‘We have a track-record of working in north Devon's wildlife-rich Culm grasslands which stretches back more than 20 years. This funding will help us build on this. Our targets are ambitious: we plan to restore 780 hectares of grassland to make it better for wildlife including species such as the marsh fritillary butterfly and the lesser butterfly orchid. We plan to re-create more than 60 hectares of wildlife-rich grassland in places where it is now absent. We'll also be restoring more than a mile of Devon's hedges.'

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