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20 August, 2019

Falkirk biodiversity projects share £317k Nature fund cash

Falkirk biodiversity projects share £317k Nature fund cash: Peacock-  ©Lorne Gill

Two nature projects will share £317,000 to create high quality urban green spaces for both people and wildlife in Falkirk. The projects have been confirmed among the recipients of Scottish Natural Heritage’s (SNH’s) Biodiversity Challenge Fund.

The Froglife Trust’s £160k will help to restore and create homes for pond-loving wildlife at 12 sites across the town; and Buglife’s Central Scotland B-Lines project will use its £157k to create a coast-to-coast network of special places for nature, with Falkirk at its heart. Both projects include valuable training opportunities for local conservation volunteers.

Amphibians and reptiles are the main focus of Come Forth for Wildlife – the Froglife Trust’s project – but a wide range of other animals will also benefit from the work, including bats, small mammals, birds and aquatic insects. The project involves creating 14 new ponds to boost aquatic biodiversity; and 22 new scrapes – shallow depressions which seasonally hold water containing invertebrates, important food for foraging wader birds and their chicks.

Amphibians will also benefit from improved species-rich grasslands near the ponds, and wildlife corridors will be enhanced in four neighbourhoods in Falkirk. Training in species identification, survey and habitat management will be provided for 96 local volunteers.

Central Scotland B-Lines will create 100 hectares of wildflower habitat across 50 urban sites, connecting East Dunbartonshire, South Lanarkshire, Falkirk and Edinburgh, helping pollinators to move freely through towns and cities. Local community groups will take on ownership of each site. The project includes training in areas such as managing and monitoring of local sites, and how to increase habitat connectivity across the Central Belt.

Suzanne Burgess, Buglife’s Scotland Manager, said: “We’re delighted that our ground-breaking, landscape-scale project has received this funding from SNH. We’re now really looking forward to working with our partners, fantastic volunteers and local communities in Falkirk and the other project areas to try and halt the decline in Scotland’s vital pollinating insects.”

Along with climate change, nature – and biodiversity loss – is also a global and generational threat to human well-being. However, enhancing our nature is also recognised as being part of the solution to the climate emergency.

These projects are two of 14 successful applicants across Scotland to share the £1.8 million Biodiversity Challenge Fund over a two-year period The funding will support large-scale projects that aim to deliver rapid change on the ground to help our most at-risk habitats and species, including mammals and birds, connect existing nature reserves and tackle non-native invasive species.

Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, Mairi Gougeon, announced the awards on a visit to one of the successful projects in Edinburgh. She said: “I am delighted that, through the Biodiversity Challenge Fund, the Scottish Government and SNH can support these fantastic projects across the country to safeguard some of our most vulnerable species and habitats, and protect them from invasive species. Their success will play a crucial role in our efforts to improve nature and help Scotland meet its international biodiversity commitments.”

SNH Chief Executive, Francesca Osowska, said: “Climate change is one of the key drivers of nature loss – but it’s not too late to act. In fact, improving nature is also one of the solutions to the climate emergency.

“There are five areas we need to focus on to improve biodiversity – restoring our habitats, changing our use of the land and sea, reducing pollution and climate change and tackling invasive non-native species. These projects will improve nature across Scotland for all our benefit.

“We know we have a big task before us but we have been working for years with our partners to meet international nature targets. We are ready to deliver the transformational change needed to bring a nature rich future for Scotland.”  

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Contact information

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SNH Media
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Notes to editors

The Biodiversity Challenge Fund: The aim of the Biodiversity Challenge Fund is to enable targeted action for priority habitats and species, accelerating efforts that will help Scotland meet its international biodiversity commitments.

Fulfilling a commitment in the Programme for Government, SNH will administer investments of around £1.8 million over the next 2 years on creating and improving habitats for key species and encouraging increased access to nature.

The fund is supporting projects that are:

  • Ideally large in scale and will make a demonstrable impact
  • Seek to address the drivers of biodiversity change and action preferable focused on causes rather than symptoms
  • Make connections on the ground and link actions and/ or projects, increasing resilience in those habitats most at risk.


LIST OF PROJECTS 

Applicant

Project Title

Location

Local authority

Buglife Scotland

Central

Scotland B-Lines

Central Scotland

Falkirk / Edinburgh / East Dunbartonshire

/ South Lanarkshire

Trees for Life

Carn na Caorach Montane Woodland Enclosure

Highland

Highland

RSPB Scotland

Curlews in Crisis Scotland

Caithness and East Ayrshire

Highland / East Ayrshire

Borders Forest Trust

Restoring Montane Scrub and Bearberry in the Wildheart of Southern Scotland

Borders

Scottish Borders / Dumfries & Galloway

St Andrews Botanic Garden

St Andrews Green Corridors

Fife

Fife

Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust

Little France Park

Lothian

City of Edinburgh

Glasgow City Council (on behalf of the Seven Lochs Partnership)

Seven Lochs and Cumbernauld SpRiNT

Glasgow City

Glasgow City / North Lanarkshire

The Froglife Trust

Come Forth for Wildlife

Falkirk

Falkirk

Scottish Canals

Greening Pinkston Basin

Glasgow

Glasgow City

Dee Catchment Partnership

Easter Beltie Restoration Project

Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire

Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust

Partnership working to enhance three key freshwater pearl mussel populations in the north, south and west of Scotland.

Across Scotland

Dumfries & Galloway / Argyll & Bute / Highland

Dee District Salmon Fishery Board

Dee Riparian Habitat Project

Rivers Dee & Don

Aberdeenshire

Tweed Forum

Tweed Invasives Project

River Tweed

Scottish Borders

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Edinburgh Shoreline – The Wild Line

Lothian

City of Edinburgh / East Lothian

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