More biodiversity projects funded across Staffordshire and the West Midlands

Photo with images of the 2020 PEBBLE projectsWe're making water count by awarding another five community groups funding for projects to encourage and enhance biodiversity in over 19 hectares (equivalent to 19 rugby pitches).

  • Staffordshire Wildlife Trust created a new nature reserve in 2019 at an old quarry at Tucklesholme near Walton-on-Trent and has received funding for the building of a new bank for sand martins and a new hide.
  • Groundwork West Midlands has received funds to improve habitats by around three ponds, thin woodlands and carry out some meadow scrapes and wildflower seed sowing at The Old Brickworks in Cannock.
  • RSPB has received a grant to remove an invasive non-native species Crassula (also known as New Zealand Pigmyweed) from Jubilee Wetlands at Middleton Lakes in Tamworth.
  • Friends of Etching Hill will receive funds to remove Himalayan Balsam (invasive non-native species) and to restore the heathland, which is a protected habitat.
  • The Globe CIC in Uttoxeter will be creating a sustainable garden at the eco site in the town centre. The funds will be used to create green walls increasing biodiversity of the site.

 Since the launch of the South Staffs Water PEBBLE fund in 2016, over 41 hectares (equivalent to 41 rugby pitches) have been improved thanks to these awards.

 Dan Clark, Water Resources and Environment Manager for South Staffs Water, said:

We want to make water count for the environment and recognise that we can play a big part in the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity.

Increasing the variety of natural living things and the diversity of the habitats where they live, not only benefits wildlife, will also enhance local communities and our open spaces.

I’m looking forward to seeing how these projects are transformed thanks to the funding we have provided.


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Posted: 27 February 2020