Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 4°C

Search

Essex: Nature reserve’s wetlands project boosted by £84k grant

01 September, 2014 - 17:49
Saltmarsh next to Fingringhoe Wick

Saltmarsh next to Fingringhoe Wick

Archant

A north Essex nature reserve is set to be expanded after a sizeable grant.

Land next to Fingringhoe WickLand next to Fingringhoe Wick

Essex Wildlife Trust has been given £84,000 to expand the reserve at Fingringhoe Wick, overlooking the Colne Estuary.

The grant, from WREN’s Biodiversity Action Fund Land Purchase Programme and other funders, has allowed the trust to buy an extra 33.3 hectares of farmland next to the existing reserve.

Essex Wildlife Trust can now press ahead with a long-term project to create a wetland environment including coastal marshes and mudflats

Species to benefit will include little terns, common pochard, ringed plover, redshank, bittern, hen harrier, dark-bellied Brent geese, water voles, dragonflies and damselflies.

The project will also open up an area currently inaccessible for visitors, including bird hides.

John Hall, trust chief executive, said: “Essex Wildlife Trust is extremely grateful to WREN for the £84,000 we’ve received through the Land Purchase programme.

“The grant will go towards the purchase of additional land next to Fingringhoe Wick nature Reserve, which has been described as the ‘jewel in the Trust’s crown’.

“The trust along with our partners, the Environment Agency, will work to create the wetland at the end of the summer in 2015, so as not to disturb important birds in the estuary. This is such an exciting conservation project and we are very appreciative of the funding.”

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants generated by landfill tax through sites owned by FCC Environment, to community, environmental and heritage projects countrywide.

Essex Wildlife Trust is one of six projects to receive a share of the fund this year.

Kristian Dales, sales and marketing director at FCC Environment, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing how the project progresses and are delighted that the Essex Wildlife Trust is able to continue its fantastic work making a huge difference to UK conservation.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

As villagers in the Suffolk birthplace of John Constable consider defecting to Essex to fight 144 houses, they have been warned the grass may not be greener.

The niece of a 67-year-old man who died from severe burns after setting himself on fire in Suffolk has described him as a “loving person” who struggled to cope with a change in his benefits.

Suffolk and Norfolk have lost a quarter of all mental health beds in four years - faster than the national average.

An independent ambulance service used in the region has suspended offering urgent care after it was hit with a long list of issues by health inspectors, including finding bodily fluids on equipment.

The chief constable of Essex Police says austerity remains the force’s biggest challenge and insists the last eight years in policing have been “the toughest since wartime”.

Firefighters spent more than three hours tackling a huge hay stack fire in a field in north-east Essex.

A vintage cinema bus, jamboree and literary festival are just some of the activities booked for a bumper programme of events coming to the Shotley peninsula this summer.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24