The Wildlife Habitat Charitable Trust (WHCT) has awarded a grant of £2,850 to Heacham & North West Norfolk Wildfowlers towards the second phase of a project aimed at improving the habitat for nesting waterfowl on Heacham Marsh.
Phase I of the project took place within Snettisham Coastal Park – an area popular with both tourists and birdwatchers. It involved opening up waterways that had become overgrown with reeds and bushes to benefit both the nesting waterfowl and other species on the marsh such as avocet. Phase II will involve the opening up of further waterways blocked with reeds and the installation of extra duck tubes for nesting ducks.
Club marsh warden Darren Whitmore said: “Many thanks to the WHCT for their continuing support, without which, none of the work on Heacham Marsh would be able to take place.”
The WHCT is the grant-giving arm of the conservation charity the Wildlife Habitat Trust (WHT), which was set up by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).
Tim Russell, WHT secretary and director of conservation at BASC, said: “There can be no doubt that the conservation work carried out by people who shoot is important to a wide range of wildlife. I am pleased to see further habitat management taking place in an important area for wildlife.”
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