Frogs in London left jumping for joy as £280,000 Lottery win allows Wildlife Trust to save habitats

By Culture24 Staff | 16 February 2011
A close up photo of a frog
Frogs in London are in for some community care© Froglife Trust
Wildlife guardians in London are hitting back at an apparent biodiversity crisis in the capital with a campaign aiming to attract more than 100,000 participants to help endangered species and habitats.

The London Wildlife Trust has won £280,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a three-year project along eight kilometres of the River Crane, one of the longest “green corridors” in the city coursing through Roxbourne Park and Nature Reserve in Harrow, Yeading Brook Fields in Ealing and Hillingdon and Crane Park in Richmond and Hounslow.

“We’re delighted that the River Crane project has been awarded an HLF grant,” said Carlo Laurenzi, the chief executive of the Trust, who expects dozens of schools and community groups to take part in conservation efforts in the area.

“The Trust believes it is important to protect the capital’s wildlife and wild spaces, through the engagement of Londoners in voluntary projects within their local areas, particularly during the current, difficult financial constraints country faces.”

At the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, planners will spend a £49,900 grant on a five-year scheme nurturing 60 endangered sites. A third of UK ponds have disappeared during the past 50 years, with 80% of the remaining ones in poor condition.

Londoners will be given the chance to learn species monitoring, habitat creation and restoration techniques, accompanied by family activities based around the frogs, toads, newts and lizards they will be helping to support.

“Nature enriches life in cities but its conservation depends on community support and active participation,” added Sue Bowers, the head of the HLF in London.

“These projects will mobilise local volunteers in helping to protect London’s natural habitats and give them a vast array of opportunities to learn valuable and exciting new skills in the process.”

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