New way of working to help threatened wildlife

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ANIMAL conservation in Hampshire has been given a boost, thanks to a grant of almost £30,000.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has been awarded funding from the government’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The cash is so the wildlife charity can create a Local Nature Partnership for the Solent area.

This new body hopes to draw on the expertise and support of not only the charity, but also councils, businesses, schools, colleges and the health sector to promote conservation.

Local Nature Partnerships are a government initiative and one of the proposals in The Natural Environment White Paper, which recognised that joint working is the best way to protect the environment.

Debbie Tann, chief executive of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, said: ‘This opportunity is fantastic as it will provide a platform from which we can encourage increased delivery of landscape-scale working across the two counties that contributes to a “better, bigger and more joined up” natural environment for the benefit of wildlife, communities and the local economy.’

The trust is looking for as many local organisations as possible to join up to the partnership, which will draw up an action plan of how to best protect the natural environment in the area.

Anyone interested can email LNP@hwt.org.uk.