Barrow’s coastal dunes to benefit from WREN’s £250,000 biodiversity grant

Thu, 2013-08-01 13:31
Morecambe Bay Partnership secures funding to look after these lovely places

Project set to benefit the islands of Barrow.

Morecambe Bay Partnership successfully applied for the funding from WREN, a not-for-profit business that awards grants generated by landfill tax through sites owned by FCC Environment, to community, environmental and heritage projects countrywide.

The grant of £247,099 means the Morecambe Bay Partnership, working closely in partnership with Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Natural England, can improve, restore and conserve wildlife habitats in the coastal sand dunes around Barrow-in-Furness, focussing on the rare habitats on Walney Island and Foulney Island.

Susannah Bleakley, Partnership Manager from the Morecambe Bay Partnership, said:

“We are really grateful to WREN for supporting this project. The work is another step towards the bigger goal for the Morecambe Bay area to be a healthy, natural, welcoming and accessible to everyone.”

The project 'Dunes of Barrow' will start in Autumn 2013, with the recruitment of a Project coordinator, who will be based at South Walney Nature Reserve, to oversee delivery of the conservation works, and will take place over 5 years.

This project will implement restoration techniques including:

  • Scrub control to start the restoration of the sites
  • Removal of invasive woody species
  • Improving access management to allow the reestablishment of dune vegetation
  • Enabling grazing management which will improve conditions for dune specialist species to thrive
  • Creation of areas of bare sand where these have been lost suitable for dune species needing bare ground
  • Creation of wet dune slacks  supporting specialist dune-wetland species
  • Turf stripping of nutrient enriched dune grasslands, to restore conditions for our characteristic dune species

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