Yorkshire Wildlife Trust received a grant to undertake a programme of habitat recovery and improvements to the accessibility and educational offer of the Potteric Carr Nature Reserve near Doncaster. The Sites of Special Scientific Interest contains extensive areas of reed fen, marsh and carrland which were once common in lowland England. This diverse wetland site boasts a wide range of bird, butterfly and dragonfly species as well as mammals such as water voles and deer. The project improved visitor facilities and employed an Education Officer and a Training and Volunteer Development Officer to provide a range of activities from school visits to conservation skill training. Access around the site was improved to ensure that this haven of biodiversity was open to all.
The five year project had four main aims, which together met HLF’s strategic aims for learning, participation and conservation:
- To protect and enhance the heritage value of the Potteric Carr Nature Reserve and address increasing pressures from surrounding developments;
- To encourage visitors to the reserve;
- To expand community involvement in the management of the reserve; and
- To develop a major environmental education and training scheme.
HLF contributed 75% of the total project costs with match funding totalling £270,836 in cash and £60,000 in non-cash contributions.