Funding Boost for floodplain restoration

Kirsty Nutt

Friday 15 November 2019

Lapwing Vanellus vanellus, adult with wings raised, Geltsdale RSPB reserve, Cumbria

Funding Boost to make marsh a better home for threatened birds

The RSPB is today celebrating a £24,379.00 funding boost from SUEZ Communities Trust for their Insh Marshes Floodplain Restoration 2019 project.

The project will work to restore areas of floodplain grazing marsh at RSPB Insh Marshes nature reserve for the benefit of its wildlife particularly breeding wading birds.

This increasingly rare habitat is an important home for wading birds such as curlew, lapwing, redshank and snipe that are declining across most of the UK.

The funding will support creating more open marsh through removing encroaching scrub and trees, cutting areas of dense vegetation that livestock won’t eat and providing fencing and other equipment to allow grazing to be targeted in certain areas.

All these actions are designed to create a mosaic of vegetation to help wading birds thrive – short vegetation and muddy patches are perfect for chicks to feed in, while areas of longer vegetation are needed to hide a nest – and an open landscape as wading birds won’t nest near trees. The management will also benefit other wildlife including the rare zircon reed beetle and plants such as cowbane and string sedge which is only found at two sites in Scotland.

Pete Moore, RSPB Scotland’s warden who is looking after the Insh Marshes Floodplain Restoration Project, said: “We are really grateful to SUEZ Communities Trust for funding for this management work. Insh Marshes is said to be one of the most important wetland areas in Europe and is an important home for rare and threatened wildlife including curlews and lapwings. We’re excited to be able to use this funding to restore more of the marsh that they and other species rely on.”

Marek Gordon, Chairman of SUEZ Communities Trust, added: “SUEZ Communities Trust provides funding awards through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. We were delighted to be able to offer funding to RSPB Scotland.”



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SUEZ Communities Trust

SUEZ Communities Trust is an independent funding body set up in 1997 to provide funding through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. SUEZ Communities Trust supports projects using tax credits donated by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK. SUEZ Communities Trust funds improve vital public recreation facilities such as village halls, community centres, sport, heritage, green spaces and play areas.


Scottish Landfill Tax and the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund

The Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF) is a tax credit scheme, linked to Scottish Landfill Tax that encourages landfill site operators to provide contributions to approved bodies, who can then pass the funds onto community and environmental projects. The SLCF only applies to Scottish Landfill Tax (SLfT) and not to UK Landfill Tax, as it replaced the UK scheme in Scotland on 1st April 2015.

For more scheme information please visit


RSPB Scotland

RSPB Scotland is part of the RSPB, the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no. 207076, Scotland no. SC037654



Last Updated: Monday 18 November 2019

Tagged with: Country: Scotland Topic: Birds Topic: Conservation Topic: Curlew Topic: Lapwing Topic: Redshank Topic: Snipe Topic: Grassland Topic: Wetland Topic: Birds and wildlife Topic: General Topic: Habitat conservation Topic: Reserves Topic: Insh Marshes