(Above) Trainees digging the pond © James Hitchen (below) An existing pond on the Tadnoll and Winfrith site © Sarah Williams
Dorset Wildlife Trust is celebrating the news that it has received a £19,280.00 funding boost from SITA Trust for the project Pond Link, to create new life for the Prison Fields on the Tadnoll and Winfrith nature reserve.
Pond Link aims to help connect two existing areas of wetland habitat by creating a complex of new ponds and associated habitat on an improved grassland site. Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT) Tadnoll and Winfrith reserves are within a SSSI, SPA and Ramsar site. The reserves include a number of wetland habitats including purple moorgrass, rush pasture, the Tadnoll Brook, ponds, wet heath and valley mire.
Six ponds are being created
Separating these wildlife havens is an area of improved grassland called the ‘Prison Fields’. Two trial ponds dug here in 2007 have proved to be exceptional for freshwater plants and invertebrates and now qualify as UKBAP Priority ponds. To build on this success, 6 ponds are being created, 2 ponds enhanced and wet grassland restored.
This will bring new life to the Prison Fields
DWT's Ali Quinney, Trainee Conservation Officer who is leading the project said “DWT are delighted that thanks to the SITA Trust funding the Prison Fields can fulfil their potential as biodiverse wetland habitat. Creating and managing this wetland complex of existing and new ponds will not only benefit wildlife in the area but will also bring new life to the Prison Fields. We look forward to seeing even more dragonflies and breeding birds using the ponds within the next few years and hopefully find some more rarities”.
SITA Trust delighted to support the project
Jools Granville of SITA Trust added “We are delighted to have been able to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund and look forward to seeing the benefits it will bring to this important habitat and its inhabitants” SITA Trust provides grants through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.3 billion.
Notes to the editor
For information on how to apply for funding from SITA Trust call (01454) 262910 or visit the SITA Trust website.
SITA Trust is an independent funding body set up in 1997 to provide funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. To date SITA Trust has supported more than 3,600 projects to a combined value of over £100 million.
Enhancing Communities - SITA Trust funding enhances communities in England, Scotland and Wales by supporting community driven projects to improve vital public recreation facilities such as village halls, community centres, sport, heritage, green spaces and play areas.
Enriching Nature - SITA Trust funding enriches nature by supporting biodiversity conservation projects in England and Wales
Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund
SITA Trust receives its funding through HM Government’s Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is donated by SITA UK, one of the nation’s leading recycling and resource management companies.
Any rubbish that is thrown away and cannot be reused ends up in a landfill site. Operators of landfill sites collect tax on each tonne of landfill for HM Treasury. The purpose of this tax is to make it more expensive to put waste into landfill, in turn encouraging us to reduce our waste and recycle more.
A small proportion of this tax can be used to support a wide range of environmental projects near landfill sites, through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). Through the LCF over £1.3 billion has been invested in UK projects. SITA Trust is part of the LCF, which is regulated on behalf of HM Government’s Revenue & Customs by ENTRUST. For further information, please visit the webpage.
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