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Millions earmarked to protect England's rarest species

Words by Abi Scaife

New funding has been allocated to conservation programmes protecting rare species.

Great! What’s the story?

The £14.5 million funding comes from Natural England, and is being entrusted to a number of wildlife conservation charities including the RSPB and the Wildlife Trust.

Local projects across England will receive funding so that they can work on the most important parts of their local areas - protecting everything from birds to butterflies.

Give me the specifics!

In Wiltshire, funding will go to restoring butterflies' habitats - their numbers have been declining locally, and this boost could restore their populations. In Yorkshire, one of the priorities is using funds to protect the native white-clawed crayfish, which is suffering from diseases introduced by non-native crayfish.

It is a huge injection of cash, that will go towards incredible projects to protect our environment, restoring biodiversity across the country.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

The Woodland Trust. This is the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity, concerned with the creation, protection, and restoration of native woodland heritage. Support them here.

Rewilding Britain. They aim to tackle the climate emergency and extinction crisis, reconnect people with the natural world and help communities thrive. Find out more here.

Devon’s Wildlife Trust. DWT is the only local charity dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places across Devon - on land and at sea. Learn more here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Life on Land and Life Below Water.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs