Froglife has joined forces with Friends of Rings End Local Nature Reserve near March to bag a £12,000 grant from supermarket giant Tesco

PUBLISHED: 06:38 22 February 2017

£12,000 funding for new ponds at Rings End nature reserve.
Froglife has joined forces with Friends of Rings End Local Nature Reserve to bag a £12,000 grant from Tesco. 
Picture attached: (From L to R): Tony Bennett (Volunteer Warden), Philip Clark (Community Green Spaces Manager), Rob Phipps (Volunteer Warden), James McAdie (Froglife), Gary Archer (contractor) and Jan Harris (Volunteer Warden).

£12,000 funding for new ponds at Rings End nature reserve. Froglife has joined forces with Friends of Rings End Local Nature Reserve to bag a £12,000 grant from Tesco. Picture attached: (From L to R): Tony Bennett (Volunteer Warden), Philip Clark (Community Green Spaces Manager), Rob Phipps (Volunteer Warden), James McAdie (Froglife), Gary Archer (contractor) and Jan Harris (Volunteer Warden).

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Froglife has joined forces with Friends of Rings End Local Nature Reserve to bag a £12,000 grant.

The funding comes from Tesco’s Bags of Help Initiative and will fund the creation of new ponds and ditches attracting new wildlife, such as frogs, wetland birds and water voles.

Friends of Rings End Local Nature Reserve is a local community group who work with Cambridgeshire County Council to manage the nature reserve for the benefit of people and wildlife.

Froglife is a national charity, based in Peterborough, committed to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles.

Together they will now start work digging, bringing their ideas, and the project, to life. As well as new habitats the grant will be spent on amphibian walks and workshops. It is hoped the funding will not only attract new wildlife but also catch the attention of new visitors.

Tesco’s Bags of Help Initiative involves local people voting for their favourite scheme, with Rings End Local Nature Reserve receiving thousands of votes.

Rob Phipps from Friends of Rings End Local Nature Reserve said: “We are delighted to receive this grant which will help us to increase the biodiversity at the reserve and also increase the numbers of visitors. We hope this funding will go a long way to improving people’s understanding and enjoyment of the nature reserve.”

James McAdie from Froglife said: “These funds combined with the commitment of the local volunteers will ensure that Rings End Local Nature Reserve, its visitors and the wildlife benefits tremendously. We are grateful to receive this generous grant and are very excited to see the results it will have on the native amphibians, reptiles and wildlife.”

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