Brecks project to bring back native wildlife gets grant

CAPTION; Photos of the Cranwich Nature Reserve off the A134.PHOTO; Matthew UsherCOPY; Nick HeathFOR;

CAPTION; Photos of the Cranwich Nature Reserve off the A134.PHOTO; Matthew UsherCOPY; Nick HeathFOR; EDP NEWSCOPYRIGHT; EDP pics © 2007TEL; (01603) 772434 - Credit: Matthew Usher

Norfolk Wildlife Trust has secured a £43,500 grant to encourage rare Breckland plant and invertebrate species on Cranwich Camp, near Mundford.

The grant from Biffa Award will fund a project to increase the range of rare Breckland plants and animals at the former military base.

A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Cranwich Camp is an important grassland habitat and breeding habitat for breeding nightjar, woodlark and skylark. It is also a stronghold for Spanish catchfly.

Managed by Norfolk Wildlife Trust on behalf of the Brecks Heath Partnership, the project will also provide the habitat conditions for breeding stone curlews.

The project will involve a combination of habitat interventions such as controlling weed growth and expanding the camp's rabbit population, to improve conditions for native plants and animals.

It was awarded funding under Biffa Award's Rebuilding Biodiversity theme.

Brendan Joyce, Norfolk Wildlife Trust chief executive, said: 'This project at Cranwich Camp is a huge benefit to our wider and ongoing Brecks Heath Partnership, which is working to recreate, restore and sustain our heathlands across the Brecks as well as improve public access to our heathland heritage.'

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