Wildlife charity has a spring in its step after cash injection

A wildlife conservation charity has received development funding of £25,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the River Nene Dragon Finder project, which could eventually create jobs, training and volunteer opportunities in the county.

The project by The Froglife Trust aims to connect people and wildlife habitats along the river through habitat creation, restoration and management, as well as a range of fun educational activities.

The project also aims to recruit Dragon Finders – people to go out spotting and recording the amphibians and reptiles which can be found in their local area.

The funding has been awarded to help Froglife progress their plans and give them a chance to apply for a full grant of £470,500 at a later date.

Dragon Finder is recruiting partners along the River Nene who will benefit from new habitats for frogs, toads, newts, snakes and lizards.

The charity will also work across different sites to arrange river trips, art workshops, habitat management sessions, training events, wildlife surveys and family fun days.

Froglife’s chief executive officer Kathy Wormald said the charity was delighted to receive the initial funding.