THE WILDLAND NETWORK - NEWS JULY 2007

Biffaward targets £7million to give nature a bigger helping hand

Anger at windfarms

Biffaward targets £7million to give nature a bigger helping hand

20 July 2007

Biffaward is launching a new drive to encourage more environmental and community groups to apply for funding to help protect and rebuild the UK’s biodiversity – up to £2.4 million a year will be available over the next three years. Biffaward is a national fund, managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, which uses landfill tax credits to support worthwhile community and biodiversity projects. Over the last 10 years, Biffaward has supported more than 1000 projects with £85 million of funding. This includes many biodiversity projects which are already benefiting nature in the UK. However, with the UK’s wildlife facing increasing pressure from climate change and habitat loss, Biffaward aims to expand the proportion of funding available to projects designed to benefit UK species and habitats.

Martin Bettington, Chairman of Biffaward, said “The UK’s ecosystems are facing ever greater challenges and we want to encourage more funding applications which are going to help our wildlife. Biffaward’s support for projects such as The Great Fen and the Lower Lee Otter Project show that funding can play a vital role in restoring habitats and protecting species. However we feel that we are not receiving as many applications from environmental groups as we would like. So over the coming months we will be aiming to increase awareness of the funds available for biodiversity projects and I hope that many more groups will be encouraged to apply to us in the future.”

Biffaward can help all kinds of biodiversity projects, great and small – with funding available from £5,000 to £500,000. Rebuilding Biodiversity projects which have recently received funding include: £32,628 for heathland restoration on Sandy Ridge, Bedfordshire, £389,930 for The Great Fen Project - restoring a ‘Living Landscape’, £41,918 for the Lower Lee Otter Project heralds the return of one of Britain’s favourite species to the capital, £295,668 for the Calke Abbey National Nature Reserve Biodiversity Development Project, Derbyshire.

www.biffaward.org

Anger at windfarms

Tivy-Side Advertiser 6 July 2007

Nick Bourne, Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales and Welsh Conservative Leader in the National Assembly for Wales, today expressed his total opposition to proposals to build two new large windfarms at Nant y Moch and Mynydd y Llyn in Ceredigion. Nick Bourne said: “I am totally opposed to any further large scale wind farm developments in Ceredigion. I campaigned against the Cefn Croes wind farm and I will fight against any proposals for Nant y Moch and Mynydd y Llyn. I do not want to see any more of Ceredigion’s most beautiful and unspoilt landscapes desecrated by these monstrous wind turbines. I strongly believe the Labour Assembly Government’s policy towards wind farms contained in their TAN 8 document needs a review. It is high time we looked at other forms of renewable energy In Wales instead of having this obsession with onshore wind power.”