2024 Conservation Fund open for applications

The Shropshire Hills Conservation Fund supports projects to deliver practical conservation work and/or educational and awareness-raising activities relating to the Shropshire Hills and its conservation, especially involving young people.   

We are inviting applications for projects to start in April 2024.  If you, or your community group, have a project idea, please get in touch.  Grants range from £500 to £2,000 and are generally awarded for activity within a particular Financial Year (April to the end of March).  

Earlier this year, a total of £15,000 was awarded by the Shropshire Hills AONB Trust to 13 community projects which are helping to look after the Shropshire Hills landscape. 
The projects include restoring grassland habitat for the small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly, installing nesting boxes for swifts on church towers and recording dormouse activity around Abdon to target future habitat management work. Both dormice and the small pearl-bordered fritillary are on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan Priority List, meaning they have been identified as being the most threatened and require conservation action. Swifts were recently added the red list of Birds of Conservation Concern. 

Other projects include restoring a wildlife pond in the school grounds at St George's, Clun, buying better equipment to enable volunteers to monitor local river water quality, and enabling volunteers to create a wildflower meadow in their 2-acre community gardening space near Church Stretton. 
further information & how to apply

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