Doncaster wildlife project is handed £50k to restore havens

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Wildlife havens in Doncaster are to be given a helping hand after receiving a £50,000 boost.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has been handed the cash by Biffa to help restore magnesian limestone grasslands between Sprotbrough and Hickleton.

The bedrock is found in a thin band between Ripon in the north and Nottingham in the south and plays host to wildflower meadows with several species depending on it for survival.

The funding will be used by YWT to restore and reconnect 13 sites between the villages along the limestone ridge.

Work will include woodland and grassland management such as tree thinning and glade creation, grazing and scrub removal, as well as wildflower seeding along roadsides. The work is essential in reversing the decline of these precious habitats in the long term.

Project officer Carys Hutton said: “The funding from Biffa is a fantastic help in supporting our work to protect and restore precious and declining grassland habitats.

“These grasslands help us to better connect Yorkshire’s wild spaces to one another and therefore the project is also another big step to us realising our vision for a Living Landscape in the region.”