Anglian Water grant to prevent spread of invasive species open for applications
10 November 2021
Anglian Water’s Invasive Species Fund, now in its third year, has opened for applications. It will provide grants to projects that protect the environment by preventing the introduction and/or spread of invasive non-native species to the region’s rivers and wetlands.
This grant cements the water company’s wider commitment to protecting and enhancing the species and habitats on its sites and across the region. It is being managed on Anglian Water’s behalf by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.
Grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 will be given to fund projects that control or eradicate invasive species impacting aquatic and wetland environments. Projects from not-for-profit organisations and local authorities in the Anglian region – the East of England and Hartlepool – will be considered.
Chris Gerrard, Anglian Water’s Catchment and Biodiversity Manager, said, “Invasive non-native species are a threat to the region’s environment, the economy and to us at Anglian Water, so we’re supporting projects around the region that are tackling this important problem.”
Eligible projects will protect a body of water from deterioration caused by invasive species or help achieve conservation goals in wetlands that have been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation or Special Protection Area.
The fund will cover direct costs to control or eradicate invasive species, such as equipment hire to access and remove them. It will also cover equipment, biosecurity measures, and administrative costs for staffing, consent applications, and surveys to demonstrate the scheme’s success. It will not cover research projects, apps, or surveys for any other reason.