Rother Valley: Grant given to develop wildlife habitats in country park

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Thousands of pounds has been granted to develop important wildlife habitats in Rother Valley Country Park.

The Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham has successfully applied for £226,929 from the Biodiversity Action Fund from WREN, which means that work can start on creating a network of 12 connected sites, many of which are owned by Rotherham Council.

The project has also attracted an additional £13,880 from Natural England and together will mean that significant improvements will be made to the sites so they can continue or start to create habitats that will support rare bird species as well as otters and fish.

Coun. Ken Wyatt, Cabinet Member responsible for waterways and bio-diversity as well as being the council representative on the South Yorkshire Nature Partnership, said he was “delighted” with the news.

He added: “Rotherham has worked very well with WREN over the years and I am proud to say that Rotherham has made this application possible by providing the majority of the third party funding.”

“It is a project that the council and the Rotherham Biodiversity Forum has been discussing for many years and so being able to kick-start the work with this project will be a real achievement and will mean that we can work with more partners and landowners in the future.”

“It means we will be able to not only improve these marvellous sites for wildlife but also improve the access to them to lots more people. They are all rich river habitats right on our urban doorstep that makes for perfect countryside escapes for lots of local people.”

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