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Big Lottery Fund grant award to Crowborough Conservation

posted 15 Jul 2011, 03:26 by Haley Whittall   [ updated 17 Sep 2011, 09:24 ]

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Crowborough Conservation is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Fund for their Threatened Species Project.
The project was launched on Sunday 21st August with introductory talks and live animal viewings from 10:00 until 13:00 at the Jarvis Brook Memorial Hall, Crowborough Hill.  This will be followed throughout the next year by further talks and field trips to discover more about Dormice, reptiles and amphibians living in our town.
The introductory talks were given by local ecologists Hazel Ryan, Kate Ryland and Crowborough Conservation's Barry Kemp.
Hazel gave us an introduction to Dormice, their ecology, habitat requirements, UK status and the captive breeding programme at Wildwood, with which she is involved.  She also brought along a few of these creatures to give people a chance to see these rare animals up close.
Kate discussed Crowborough's known existing Dormouse population but also talked about where else in our town that these animals might be found and the part played in the National Dormouse Recording Scheme by the current monitoring taking place at The Ghyll.
The focus of Barry's talk was on reptiles and amphibians.  Barry also brought along some specimens for people to view up close.
Later in the year, there will an opportunity for small groups to go on Dormice monitoring trips to The Ghyll.  There will also be field trips to The Ghyll to survey reptiles and to the Crowborough Country Park next Spring to survey amphibians.
Keep an eye on the Crowborough Conservation website for more details on these trips.