Help save the kingfisher

Press Release: 26/01/2010

Kingfisher by Dennis Bright

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has launched an appeal to raise funds to complete the ongoing wildlife habitat and public access restoration work along the Itchen Navigation between Southampton and Winchester.

 

Over the past two years, the project has restored the banks of the Navigation at several locations along its 10 mile length and improved the footpath for walkers. Plans are in place to continue improving the watercourse for wildlife and people over the next three years, but the Wildlife Trust needs your help in order to achieve its goal.

 

The Trust has now launched the Kingfisher Appeal to raise the £100,000 matched funding needed to secure the future of the project.

Itchen Navigation Project Officer,
Polly Whyte, said:

“We have chosen the kingfisher as the focus of our appeal because it is typical of wildlife species which should be doing really well on the Navigation but are struggling because of the neglected and overgrown habitat conditions."

She added:

"The really exciting thing about this appeal is that, for every £1 donated we can unlock a further £19 of funding from other funders such as Winchester City Council so every donation can make a real difference. For example, a donation of £10 would actually raise £200 to provide artificial nesting holes for kingfishers.”

 

To donate to the Kingfisher Appeal please contact the HIOWWT on 01489 774400 or visit www.hwt.org.uk