An otter on the river bank.

This long-running project, part funded by Anglian Water, has played a big role in helping otters return to every English county, saving water vole from extinction and improving river habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and for people to enjoy.

Our Water for Wildlife funding helps wildlife but also helps to maintain water quality, reducing the amount of treatment we need to do where we take it for the public water supply. For example fencing grazing animals away from the edge of the river prevents soil disturbance and stops manure from getting to the water. In this way Water for Wildlife contributes to our catchment management work.

We currently support projects in Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. These projects involve a wide variety of organisations including Wildlife Trusts, local authorities, Environment Agency and Natural England.