WILDLIFE chiefs are celebrating after receiving a £55,000 funding boost to help improve nature reserves in South Yorkshire.
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has picked up a £55,958 pay out from to improve precious limestone grassland in the country through its ‘Loving Your Local Limestone’ project.
The overall project is worth £68,790 thanks to match funding from Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and Wates Construction in addition to the lump sum from the SITA Trust.
Carys Hutton from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust who is leading the project said: “It is fantastic news that this project is being supported by SITA Trust.
“The work we will deliver through the project will have both immediate and long-term benefits for limestone grassland in South Yorkshire, and we are very much looking forward to getting started.”
Limestone grassland supports a unique blend of plant and invertebrate species, but changes in land use over the years has resulted in the deterioration of these areas and loss of its special and characteristic features.
The funding provided by SITA Trust will enable Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to re-introduce traditional management methods on the limestone grassland such as grazing.
Several areas will be given a head start by being seeded with a specially selected mix of local limestone plant species, and with the help of landowners and volunteer groups, the project will help to maintain and restore these limestone grassland sites in the long term.
Marek Gordon CEO and chairman of SITA Trust added: “We are delighted to have been able to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund.
“This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.2 billion in funding.”
Funding is available for projects that enhance communities and enrich nature.