£60,000 lottery boost for local nature project

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The Birklands Ringing Group has received £60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to finance its “Sherwood Forest to the Congo and back!” project.

Over the next two years the project will use the fascinating story of the Nightjar bird and ground-breaking monitoring techniques to help people understand the importance of Sherwood’s heathlands, both locally and as part of a global network of habitats.

The work will raise the profile of the importance of protecting Sherwood within local communities while providing information that will help shape the future management of Sherwood Forest heathlands and help protect the habitat of the Nightjar, securing the future of this enigmatic species for the long term.

Birklands Ringing Group volunteers will work with staff from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Nottingham University and EMEC Ecology to capture and analyse the data.

Andrew Lowe from Birklands Ringing Group: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this grant. Using the skills and expertise of our volunteers and the support of our partners we hope to showcase the fascinating habits of the Nightjar which travels thousands of miles every year to spend the summer in Sherwood Forest.”

John Everitt – CEO Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust: “This is a great opportunity to carry out innovative community led research which will provide information to help restore habitat for Nightjar in Sherwood Forest and also across the country.”