Thursday, May 30, 2024

Community action to help nature in Thurrock

ESSEX Wildlife Trust is offering support to communities in Thurrock and Basildon who wish to take action for wildlife and improve local green spaces.

The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world and research shows 85% of people in nature-deprived areas say more natural spaces would improve their quality of life.

Thanks to £5million funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Nextdoor Nature will provide people with the advice and support they need to help nature on their doorstep, and leave a lasting natural legacy to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

South Essex is one of the few places where people can see the shrill carder bee, the rarest bumblebee in the UK. Other rare sightings within the region include the red-tailed wasp, short-snouted seahorses and dolphins. If more action for nature is taken, the Trust hopes that rare species can flourish and share local green and blue spaces with nearby communities. 

Helen Innes, Wilder Community Organiser for Essex Wildlife Trust, says:

“I’m thrilled to work on a programme that has such potential to make a tangible difference for people and for nature. The variety of projects is really appealing – we could be supporting the community to create new green space, helping them to protect what they already have, or setting up ways to help them advocate for nature in the political arena – the sky’s the limit.

South Essex has a lot of potential as a bustling residential area where nature and green spaces might have been neglected in the past. However, animals like hedgehogs and the many pollinator species really thrive on the reserves managed by the Trust, we just need to create some corridors for them in between.

We want to hear from as many people and groups as possible so we can support projects that make the most different for people and for wildlife. So please do get in touch.”

If you have a project or idea that you would like support with, contact Essex Wildlife Trust’s Nextdoor Nature team by email: nextdoornature@essexwt.org.uk 

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