Outside of Solihull
There are also opportunities for people to take part in important projects outside the borough.
Within Wildlife Ways there is a Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) Small Habitats Grant Programme run by Solihull Council. This provides funding to organisations across the borough and the wider GBSLEP area to improve land and areas of waterway of value for people and wildlife.
Funding between £20,000 and £200,000 is available for innovative small-scale environmental projects via the scheme.
The scheme is open to:
- Statutory organisations
- Not-for-profit organisations
- Community or voluntary organisations
- Parish or Town Councils
- Businesses (if their land is open to public all year round)
- Schools (if their land is open to public all year round)
Some project examples include:
- Grassland improvements
- Wildflower seeding
- Woodland improvements
- Wetland improvements
- Tree and hedgerow planting
- River and canal bank improvements
Our first small grant has been awarded. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has received £25,356 of ERDF funding from Wildlife Ways to restore Tucklesholme quarry near Barton under Needwood in the county. Work starts spring 2019 and by autumn 2020 it will be a regionally significant wetland nature reserve.
Cattle grazing will help keep the land maintained and allow a diversity of species to thrive. This historic method works with nature better than modern intensive farming. To encourage visitors to the reserve a wildflower meadow will be created around the car park, new footpaths will be laid and bird hides installed. There will also be new signage.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you have a potential Small Habitats Grants Project. This should include a brief description of the project, approximate costs and the size of the area to be improved. If the project meets the criteria an application form will be sent.
Advice and support is available from the Project Officer at email@example.com
Maps and Resources
Wildlife Ways All Routes A4 Map
Wildlife Ways All Routes A3 Map
Wildlife Ways - A2 poster