Devon Wildlife Trust gets funding for ambitious Working Wetlands project

Wildlife havens in North Devon have been given a half-million pound boost after a leading local charity secured new funding.

Devon Wildlife Trust is set to gain from Biffa Award's Flagship Scheme, with the money being paid over three years to help the charity to continue its work.

The main use of the money will be DWT's Working Wetlands project to restore, re-create and re-connect the precious Culm grasslands of North Devon.

The money was won under fierce competition as Biffa the scheme funds only two, regionally significant projects each year throughout the whole of the UK.

Devon Wildlife Trust's Land Manager, Matt Boydell, expressed his delight at the news.

"This funding will help us build on 20 years of working in North Devon's wildlife-rich Culm grasslands," he said.

"Our targets are ambitious: we plan to restore 780 hectares of grassland to make it better for wildlife.

"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."

Holsworthy will also benefit hugely from the funding, which will allow DWT to 're-wet' 400 metres of the historic Bude Canal at its Dunsdon and Vealand nature reserves.

"The funding is allowing us to do work for wildlife which would otherwise have remained beyond our reach.

"It's very exciting news for us and for North Devon's natural environment."

Biffa Award programme manager Gillian French said: "Devon Wildlife Trust's Working Wetlands project will play a vital role in recreating and protecting native Culm grassland and rare associated species in Devon.

"We are delighted to help it come to life through the Biffa Award Flagship Scheme."