October 6, 2008
Move to Save Toads and Butterflies
Birds including cirl buntings and twites will also benefit from the cash, as will wetland landscapes in various parts of the country plus marine species in the Isle of Scilly, Natural England said. The Government's conservation agency will also fund projects which aim to preserve traditional orchards and moves to restore hedgerows in an attempt to help hazel dormice. The programme aims to help some of England's most threatened species and habitats in an attempt to halt the loss of biodiversity, said Natural England. The money will go to conservation groups including the RSPB, National Trust, Wildlife Trusts and the People's Trust for Endangered Species to carry out the schemes to protect wildlife.Natural England chairman Sir Martin Doughty said: "We want to improve the fortunes of some of our most precious species and habitats and today's funding will help our conservation partners meet these challenges.The RSPB will receive 600,000 for projects including a programme to assist recovery of the twite population in the Pennines.
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