BEACON will use this grant to ‘Restore’ river banks using natural materials such as willow and hazel hurdles. Habitats where invasive species have been controlled, but where local flora has been unable to re-establish successfully will be planted up with native wildflowers, plants and trees. By doing this we will stem the re-growth of invasives and give the natives a competitive advantage, and is the ‘Rewild’ part of the project. We hope that local volunteers and schools will be involved in restoring habitats and seeing wildlife thrive in restored areas.
The main event as part of this project will be a Bioblitz, held in the summer to educate local children and adults on species identification, habitats, control of invasive species. By conducting simple nature surveys at this event, they will learn how to record and identify species, and ‘Realise’ the importance of local, native habitats.
This project will take place throughout the course of 2018, and as well as benefitting native species and habitats, it will also benefit volunteers by providing them with conservation skills and knowledge they may not have previously had. Schools will also benefit from environmental education workshops being run as part of this project.
BEACON is extremely thankful to the Postcode Local Trust for awarding us this grant. Sally Potts, BEACON Project Officer said, ‘BEACON has been financially unable to undertake substantive habitat restoration works, and this will enable us to further progress our work, and build on the success of previous years’.
For more information or to get involved in Restore, Rewild, Realise, please contact us here.
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