Wildlife marquee makes the most of lottery grant

WILDLIFE enthusiasts from the Stroud area are celebrating after getting kitted out thanks to a grant from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Last year, the Stroud Wildlife Survey Group applied for a grant from the charity to provide much-needed equipment to help it carry out bioblitzes, surveys and training events.

PPL awarded the sum of £2,000 to the group, and the money has gone on a marquee with tables, chairs and white boards for use at bioblitzes, hi-vis jackets for night surveys and verge work, gps locators, plus ID books and charts.

The small surplus will go towards the hire of halls for training events.

SWSG’s Cherry Foster said: “This generous grant means we now have our own marquee from which we can carry out bioblitzes, where we survey an area to record the variety of wildlife. The idea is to build up data so that, working with organisations such as the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, we can decide on management plans for each site.”

We’ve carried out these events at Coaley Peak and Box, and now look forward to welcoming members of the public to join our 2019 events in the comfort of our new shelter.”

She adds: “Shelter from the elements is vital at a bioblitz, when people can be out in all weathers for several hours at a time. We’ve always had to beg or borrow a marquee before, so to have our own is wonderful. Our grateful thanks go to the PPL for making this possible.”

Details of upcoming events will be advertised on the Group’s Facebook page at facebook.com/stroudwildlifesurvey/

Jane Leigh