£1million to help save England’s threatened species

ALMOST £1m is to be spent on conserving our most threatened native species.

Natural England, the government’s advisor on the natural environment, is hoping it can help stop the decline of many animals including mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.

It will also focus on some flower plants, mosses, lichens and fungi.

In total £995,000 will be used to fund 56 conservation projects as part of the Species Recovery Programme.

Maddy Jago, Natural England’s Director for Landscape and Biodiversity said “I am delighted that the funding we’ve been able to secure to support the recovery of some our most threatened species is being matched by our partners.

“Together we are making real progress in coordinating our efforts and contributions towards improving the conservation of England’s important wildlife, be that by providing match funding, harnessing the enthusiasm of volunteers or sharing the expertise across the partnership.”

The group will focus on improving existing habitats, but also creating new ones.

. Some of the species that will be benefiting from this year’s investment include:

 Wart-biter cricket

 Twite

 Fen raft spider

 Freshwater pearl mussel

 Short-haired bumblebee

 Farmland butterfly

 Hawfinch and wood warbler

 Stalked sea-purslane

 Red helleborine

 White-clawed crayfish

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