SEVERN POND PROJECT SECURES £50,000 FUNDING

Wednesday 15th April 2015

(c) Richard Burkmar

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is celebrating receiving funding for a new pond restoration and re-creation project in the Severn Vale thanks to funding from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund managed that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.

The project in the Severn Vale is based around Arlingham and will primarily benefit ponds, a habitat which is massively in decline. It is estimated that 50% of the UK’s ponds were lost in the 20th century. Currently only around 500 ponds of high conservation value are listed on the National Ponds Database, and 80% of wildlife ponds are in poor or very poor condition.

The species that this project will benefit include the protected great-crested newt, common toad and frog, grass snake and the threatened water vole as well as a number of invertebrates, such as dragonflies and damselflies

“The species that this project will benefit include the protected great-crested newt, common toad and frog, grass snake and the threatened water vole as well as a number of invertebrates, such as dragonflies and damselflies” said Richard Spyvee, Living Landscapes Manager at Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
“Ponds support two thirds of all freshwater species including around 100 BAP Priority species, and are crucial to a healthy wetland habitat.”

Within the Severn Vale, field ponds are a characteristic feature of historical pastoral farming. This project will work with landowners to restore three existing ponds and create seven new ponds.

Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said “The Severn Vale Pond Restoration and Recreation project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve biodiversity for the long-term benefit and protection of habitat and wildlife.”