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The RSPB works with different organisations across the UK to deliver restoration projects that breathe new life into our nature reserves, improve facilities for visitors and generate employment for the local community.

In Partnership with Welsh Government

Green Recovery Capacity Building Scheme

The Welsh Government worked with NLHF to create a fund to support eNGOs in Wales to build skills, develop ideas and improve the services they deliver. RSPB Cymru used this fund to deliver 4 strands of work:

  • A study on how woodland creation in Wales can help deliver many benefits – for the climate, nature, people and the economy.
  • The identification of woodland creation opportunities within core black grouse areas in Wales which benefit both nature and people.
  • An independent review to help us understand our place in addressing the climate, nature and economic crises through green job opportunities and training a new workforce for change.
  • An evaluation of the toolkit we use to ensure projects run in an inclusive way using our Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff project as a pilot.
A view from above of the new Loch Leven all abilities underpass

All Abilities Underpass at Loch Leven

Grant funding has enabled the construction of an all-abilities underpass at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven nature reserve. The new underpass provides unimpeded access between the reserve’s visitor centre (located south of the busy B9097 road), the reserve’s wheelchair-accessible wildlife viewing hides to the north, and the loch itself. Previously, visitors with limited mobility that arrived at the reserve from some of the other local visitor attractions around the loch were unable to access the RSPB visitor centre, other than by motorised transport. But the gently sloping path that now leads down from the visitor centre and thorough the underpass ensures that people of all ages and abilities can easily utilise the facilities on both sides of the road. The opening of the underpass is helping us fulfil our ambition to create an all-inclusive wildlife experience and community hub at Loch Leven nature reserve. It also enhances other improvements that we have made, such as touch button access doors, to ensure that the reserve is fully accessible to all.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to the funders who made this all possible, particularly the Scottish Government through the Sustrans Scotland Community Link programme, Perth and Kinross Council and NatureScot and The Gannochy Trust.