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Knowsley Safari Foundation Secures Over £100K in National Lottery Funding

Knowsley Safari Foundation, the Merseyside charity, has received over £100K of funding to encourage the return of Endangered red squirrels to the Knowsley Estate and surrounding areas.

A National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £99,899.80, with a further supporting grant from the Heritage Emergency Fund of £10,000 will be used to connect the local community with the area’s natural heritage through “Reclaiming Reds”, a red squirrel conservation project. 

Made possible with money raised by National Lottery players, this two-year project will focus on engaging the community with red squirrel conservation, delivering an extensive programme of events and workshops which will allow people to contribute to the project’s protection of this iconic British species. 

The red squirrel is threatened more than ever in Great Britain, with ever decreasing sightings in Knowsley and the surrounding areas, primarily because of the invasive grey squirrel population.  Grey squirrels out-compete native reds for food and space, and harbour diseases such as squirrel pox which can devastate red squirrel populations.

Volunteer positions and traineeships will also be available for those looking to gain valuable skills and experience in the areas of practical conservation, public engagement, research, and administration. 

Commenting on the award, Naomi Davies, Research and Conservation Officer for Knowsley Safari Foundation said:

“We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and we are confident that this community-focussed project will allow us to minimise the damage that’s already been done, and set Knowsley Estate and the surrounding areas up as a place where red squirrels thrive.”

For further information about the project, or opportunities to get involved, please visit https://reclaimingreds.co.uk

About Knowsley Safari Foundation

The Knowsley Safari Foundation was established in 2020 with the vision to create a sustainable society.  The Foundation aims to have a long-term positive impact on the environment and communities by integrating people and nature.  To fulfil its mission, Knowsley Safari Foundation will focus on:

·         Inspiring emotional connections with nature.

·         Engaging communities with nature 

to promote health and wellbeing.

·         Driving positive environmental behaviour.

·         Sharing knowledge to promote understanding.

·         Bringing innovation and support to conservation through partnerships. 

·         Developing and sharing technical expertise to effect dynamic change.

READ MORE: Knowsley Safari launches new weekend Academy courses for teenagers interested in animal careers

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