Cash grant to build waterway habitats

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A grant of more than £220,000 has been awarded to the Wildlife Trust to create new habitats for wildlife along the River Don and River Rother.

The Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham applied for £226,929 from WREN - an organisation that awards grants for projects within 10 miles of landfill sites run by waste management company FCC Environment.

The cash will be spent developing a network of habitats along the waterway corridors of the Don and Rother rivers.

Dr Nicola Rivers, Living Landscape development manager at The Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham, said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded the funding from WREN as it will allow us to start work on a whole range of habitats to diversify the river corridor environment.

“We will also be engaging the community in the project by asking volunteers if they would like to undertake ecological surveys and monitor our progress.”

Lisa Green, operations manager at WREN, said: “We are dedicated to supporting projects which protect, maintain and expand some of the country’s most unique ecosystems. 
“We’re looking forward to seeing the projects take shape with the WREN funding, and seeing the positive impact they’ll have, helping to conserve some of the UK’s rarest habitats for generations to come.”

Mike Snell, head of external affairs at FCC Environment, said other organisations should make the most of the fund.