Donkeys, dolphins and saxifrages get helping hand with £15million extra funding for nature - Welsh Government

Minister for Climate Change Julie James has announced nearly £15million for landowners and managers who want to improve biodiversity to help Wales fight the climate and nature emergencies.

The Nature Networks Programme will help all types of Wales’ most precious habitats flourish under better management – from saltmarshes and estuaries to forests and grasslands – whilst helping to connect people to nature to improve wellbeing

These sites are home to the iconic - such as otter, bottlenose dolphin and grey seal, alongside the obscure - such as the petalwort plant and whorl snails. They are also home to a wide range of birds, including the critically endangered Atlantic puffin.

Ffarm Moelyci on the outskirts of Snowdonia National Park is one such project who has previously benefitted from Welsh Government funding, and who will be seeking to apply again. The farm uses donkeys- some of which have been rescued from neglectful beginnings- to graze important grassland to control invasive bracken on their land.

Project leader Ruth Stronge says that this has made space for rare orchids and other plantlife, which in turn has boosted insect life and encouraged birds to the area.

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Posted On: 12/08/2022

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