NeRS RECEIVES 59,000 HERITAGE LOTTERY GRANT
Northeast Red Squirrels has received a National Lottery grant of £59,900 for their Red Squirrels on Tyne project. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will focus on surveying, stabilising and then expanding the range of red squirrel populations that are found to the east and west of the city of Newcastle.
Northeast Red Squirrels is a local volunteer run charity with the aim of returning the native red squirrel to the north east of England.
Sally Hardy, Trustee and NeRS Chair, said:
“We are delighted that with the help from the Heritage Lottery Fund we will be able to deliver our Project over the next two years. This will build on our current success and hopefully increase the expansion of our red squirrels and allow them to return to areas where they have disappeared along the Tyne west of Newcastle.”
The Red Squirrels back on Tyne Project covers the area west from Newcastle City to the North Tyne.
Our experienced team of rangers and volunteers will be working closely with landowners and local communities to make woodlands in the project area a safe haven for red squirrels.
Keith Brooks, NeRS Trustee, said:
“Working with landowners and local communities is key to the project’s success. We hope to get lots of people involved.”
NeRS will be hosting several workshops, visits and talks in order to engage with local communities and schools to increase understanding of the need for red squirrel conservation and how local communities and children can get involved. NeRS will continue to build on our ‘Adopt-a-Woodland Scheme’ which started in Newcastle and has already been a huge success.
Steve Barrett, NeRS Trustee and Project Manager, said:
“Our aims are to restore red squirrels to woodlands in the project area and to encourage the local community to 'adopt a wood' and take over long term monitoring and care of their red squirrels. The key to our project is community engagement. The understanding and support of the local communities along the Tyne are key to our success. To be sustainable and really allow red squirrels to repopulate local woods and survive long term we need local people to help and get involved with our project.”
The project will launch on Saturday 27th October from 10am at Wideopen and District War Memorial Community Centre Hazelrigg.
For more information and to register your interest, contact Steve 07779577485 or Sally 07878 061880 or Keith on 07799 597592 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Date: 12th September 2018