RSPB Blacktoft Sands near Goole in East Yorkshire is now able to do even more to help wetland wildlife thanks to new funding from Viridor Credits through the Landfill Communities Fund.
The grant, totalling more than £20k will enable staff at the reserve to create better quality wetland habitats, improving food supplies, feeding areas and nest sites at the reserve for threatened breeding species such as bitterns, marsh harriers and bearded tits.
The habitat work will include the creation of new pools and ditches providing new habitat for the fish and creepy crawlies that wetland birds love to eat. This food supply will also help toads and water voles, which have declined in the area recently. Elsewhere, conservation grazing with cows and konik ponies will improve feeding areas for declining birds such as curlews
Mike Pilsworth, RSPB Humber Sites Manager, said. “We are very grateful to Viridor Credits for their help and support. RSPB Blacktoft Sands is an important site on the Humber Estuary for wildlife and this project will create some fantastic wetland habitats, which will help make food supplies more reliable and, create feeding and nesting opportunities for our important birds in the future.”
Gareth Williams, Operations Manager at Viridor Credits, said: “The RSPB plays a vital role in protecting and enhancing habitats for Britain’s birds. Viridor Credits is proud to collaborate with the RPSB on another vital project that will make a real and lasting difference to Blacktoft Sands’ bird population.”