Andrew Smith MP welcomes funding boost for the preservation of our county's ponds and wildlife.
Andrew met with local charity Pond Conservation who have been awarded an initial £64,000 in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The charity ultimately hopes to receive up to £965,000 in overall funding to extend the programme further.
Andrew met with representatives from the charity at Pinkhill Meadow at the Farmoor Reservoir in Oxfordshire, where he visited ponds that will be included in the project and learned about the range of species and pond vegetation that the site is conserving.
Andrew said, "I was very interested to hear about the charity's important work to preserve our ponds and natural wildlife, and am delighted that they have been awarded a lottery grant to pursue this further."
The funding is for a nationwide project aimed at preserving pond species such as the carnivorous bladderwort, reducing pond pollution, and gathering data about pond life across the country, including pollution levels and populations.
The charity is now working to identify five hundred flagship ponds that are deemed to make a unique contribution to the country's wildlife. As well as the Pinkhill Meadow, several other sites in Oxfordshire have also been identified at Otmoor, Little Wittenham, and Fringford near Bicester.