Cambridgeshire and Peterborough bids invited for £10 million biodiversity fund

ORGANISATIONS that seek to protect Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s threatened natural habitats are being urged to apply for grants from a £10 million fund generated by landfill taxes.

The five-year Biodiversity Action Fund (BAF), entering its fourth year, aims to conserve and restore some of the UK’s most precious natural habitats and endangered species. The fund was launched in 2009 by WREN, a not for profit business that awards grants to community projects across the UK on behalf of Waste Recycling Group (WRG).

Conservation bodies, community groups and charities are being encouraged to submit applications for grants to fund biodiversity projects costing between £75,000 and £250,000 before the 31 January 2012 deadline.

Last year more than £2.2 million was awarded to eleven projects across the UK, including some run by the RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts.

Peter Cox, managing director of WREN, is keen to see more organisations bid for the funding.

He said: “We’ve already seen the positive impact that our funding can have on wildlife and habitats, with over £5.8 million granted over the past three years. Many precious habitats lie in close proximity to landfill sites, and it’s right that funding generated by household rubbish is used to protect, restore and revive natural landscapes for the future.”

To be eligible for funding projects must support the expansion, recovery and conservation of priority habitats which help to meet national, regional or local biodiversity targets, which are set out in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP). To apply, download and fill in an application form from before January 31 2012.