Community Officers to Promote Reserves; Great Outdoors: Wildlife Project Receives Grant to Get People to Explore Nature
Byline: Sarah Probert
Wildlife projects in the Midlands are to benefit as part of a pounds 1.3 million national handout announced today to encourage more people to explore nature on their doorstep. The money has been awarded to local nature reserves to help them develop areas for wildlife and boost visitor numbers as part of English Nature's Wildspace grant scheme.
Local beneficiaries are the RSPB Sandwell Valley Nature reserve in Sandwell, which will receive pounds 78,000, and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, which will be awarded pounds 67,600. The money will be used to establish community liaison officers to promote nature in the two areas.
Colin Horne, site manager at Sandwell Valley Nature Reserve, welcomed the grant which will be used to employ an officer to attract new groups.
He said: 'They will be working to increase the accessibility of the reserve to sectors of the community that aren't currently visiting the reserve.
'It is the most important nature reserve in the West Midlands, it is a centre where we can actually tell people about a lot of other things that are going on like sustainability issues, water conservation and the bio-diversity action plan, which is obviously something people can help out in other areas and even in their own gardens. …