Monday, 24 August 2009

Funding lifeline for newts announced

A small grants scheme, available from September, is aiming to help people improve ponds and habitats for the UK’s great crested newts.

The money will contribute to a number of tasks that benefit great crested newts, such as pond creation schemes, pond management, survey work and local mapping studies.

Distributed by Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, the money is available to a wide audience including councils, national parks and wildlife organisations and volunteer groups, including Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARG UK). Schools and community groups are also encouraged to apply.

“Many great crested newt ponds are disappearing in the UK, so the local actions of volunteers and other experts in helping keep these ponds in tip-top condition for newts is really important.” said Dorothy Wright, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation’s Great Crested Newt Conservation Officer.

“The award is designed to help achieve the targets set out in the UK great crested newt Species Action Plan, which includes survey work and the creation and restoration of ponds and the newts’ terrestrial habitat.”

Groups or individuals can apply for funds typically up to £500. The scheme is supported by the Countryside Council for Wales and Natural England.

For more details on applying:

1. Introduction to the GCN grants scheme
2. Guidance for applicants
3. Application form

Find out more about the UK’s Species Action Plan for great crested newts > GCN SAP

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