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Hyndburn's Wildlife

 This project ended at the end of 2018

The Final Report can be read HERE

Improving Hyndburn's Wildlife

It has generally been reported that wildlife numbers are decreasing and that in most cases this is due to habitat loss and we think there are simple measures we can take to help reduce this trend. Whilst there are obviously open green spaces throughout the Borough we realise there is an under used resource in the form of people’s gardens, backyards and outdoor spaces where we could encourage wildlife to thrive.

We will work with schools, community groups and local residents of all ages and from all backgrounds to educate and inspire them to develop and improve their own spaces for wildlife. The Project Officer, Barbara Sharples, will be responsible for delivering the project and promoting the activity through all platforms available including leaflet drops, social media, newspaper, radio interviews and through our existing networks, partnerships and competitions. They will deliver some of the community events and courses where individuals will be able to make bird/bat boxes, learn to identify different species, collect wildflower seeds and pick up tips on habitat management techniques, but specialist events will be delivered by external trainers.

Surveys will also be developed to record the activity being carried out and the results in terms of wildlife numbers and types of habitats created. The funding will contribute towards a part time Project Officer, trainers fees, AQA registrations, materials & resources and promotional costs. The project will last for one year thereby covering all seasons.

According to the Royal Horticultural Society and The Wildlife Trusts Wild About Gardens initiative two out of three of the UK’s plant and animal species have declined over the past 50 years. For instance hedgehog numbers have fallen by 30% in just over 10 years and long term data from the Rothamsted Insect Survey has shown that 62 moth species have gone extinct since the late 1960s. We want to do what we can to provide habitats to maintain the biodiversity in the Borough and help species to survive.

Contact Barbara Sharples, Project Officer, Improving Hyndburn's Wildlife on 01254-230348 or email

The Improving Homes for Wildlife project is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.  Postcode Local Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery PROSPECTS has received £19,887 for the Improving Hyndburn's wildlife project.  The funding boost from Postcode Local Trust will enable PROSPECTS to work with local residents to create wildlife habitats in backyards, gardens, community spaces and green spaces. Find out more about the project HERE.  Find out about FREE activities HERE.

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