Helping Wetland Wildlife Habitats Recover
It Was not just people who suffered in the aftermath of East Yorkshire’s devastating summer floods of last year.
The human suffering grabbed the headlines, but the disaster also took its toll on the region’s wildlife population.
East Yorkshire’s wildlife havens were affected, especially those along the River Hull corridor, including the Beverley and Driffield areas.
Now the area has secured pounds136,500 from Natural England to help those wetland wildlife habitats recover after the floods.
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will use the money to make sure the River Hull’s native species, like the water vole, otter and brown trout, continue to thrive in the future.
The money will come from Natural England’s new pounds5.5m Countdown 2010 Biodiversity Action Fund.
It comes as the trust is currently undertaking surveys at 30 East Yorkshire wildlife sites to assess the damage to wildlife and their habitats.
Emma MacDonald, of Natural England, said the aim of the fund was to help some of England’s most threatened biodiversity.
She said: “East Yorkshire suffered badly in the floods and there was obviously a knock-on effect for wildlife.
“The River Hull supports native brown trout, otter and water vole populations, and this boost from Natural England ensures they are not being neglected.
“The money will be used to restore the flood-damaged habitats and create new ones to support and encourage these species.”
Project partners will receive pounds136,500 over the next three years, including this year, to help priority species and habitats.
Ms MacDonald said: “This will bring added benefits to an area with significant environment issues in the past year, such as the flooding.”
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will be working through direct partnership with landowners, communities and other agencies.
Sir Martin Doughty, Natural England’s chairman, said: “We want to improve the fortunes of some our most precious species and habitats.
“Today’s funding announcement will help our conservation partners to meet these challenges.”
Natural England’s Countdown 2010 Biodiversity Action Fund supports projects carried out by voluntary conservation organisations.
All the grants have been made available until the end of March 2011.
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