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Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve receives a major grant for a flood mitigation project.

The Hawk and Owl Trust – Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve have successfully applied and have been awarded a £246k grant from the Green Recovery Fund.

The £40million Green Recovery fund has been developed by Defra and its Arm’s-Length Bodies, including Natural England, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency and others. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing and monitoring this government money.

The aim of the fund is to support projects that are ready to deliver and focus on nature restoration, nature-based solutions and connecting people with nature, delivering against the goals of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan whilst helping to sustain and build capacity in the sector.

The Sculthorpe Reserve has faced over the past five years major issues with flooding resulting in closure and lost revenue on each occasion, not to mention the damage the excess water has caused damaging flora and fauna. As a growing employer in the local area, a solution needed to be devised as little support and priority was being received from external bodies.

This grant has been warmly welcomed by all those staff and volunteers at the Trust and will assist in providing a more viable longer-term solution. As part of the project, the Trust has obtained a licence to introduce Beavers into a 53-acre fenced enclosure in 2022. By using the Beavers and other mitigation works, it is planned that by diverting the floodwater, it will improve the biodiversity of the Reserve, the floodplain and the watercourse.

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