HLF gives £889,300 to Wildlife Trust for Nene Valley site

An area of rare wetland habitat larger than 100 football pitches is going to be preserved thanks to a grant of £889,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Sunset over Irthlingborough Lakes and meadows - image: Wildlife Trust
Sunset over Irthlingborough Lakes and meadows - image: Wildlife Trust
This award to the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire will enable the creation of a new nature reserve at Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows, forming a chain of connected nature reserves along 7km of the Nene Valley.

The Nene Valley has been transformed in the past two decades due to sand and gravel extraction, leaving a string of flooded gravel pits. Much of this is now internationally important for the migratory birds that come here for the winter. A third of the site at Irthlingborough is wet grassland, a rare and declining habitat, which was once widespread across the Nene Valley.

The whole project will cost over £1.2 million, so the Wildlife Trust still has some way to go to raise the rest of the funds.

The project to protect and improve Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows sits at the heart of the Nene Valley Nature Improvement Area (NIA), one of 12 flagship nature areas for England that will receive Government funding. The NIA aims to deliver improvements for wildlife and people through the sustainable use of natural resources, restoring and creating wildlife habitats, connecting local sites and joining up local action.

Contact Heather Ball on 01604 405285 or by email heather.ball@wildlifebcn.org

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