Biodiversity Solutions is a Social Enterprise body with a stated remit to use any surplus funding for projects which enhance knowledge of wildlife issues in West Wales or contribute towards conservation work in the area.
Some of our recently funded and ongoing projects
- Milford Haven Native Oyster Regeneration Project – Seasearch divers collected quantitative data to support this project, focussing on key locations in the Milford Haven waterway to establish the current state of native oysters. Read the Seasearch Milford Haven Native Oyster Report.
- Research by The Species Recovery Trust into the decline of the Field Gentian, Gentianella campestris, and to propose solutions for its reversal. Monitoring populations in one of the strongholds on the Pembrokeshire coast. Read the SRT Field Gentian in Pembrokeshire Report.
- Researching the reasons for the decline in the kestrel population in Pembrokeshire and describing the favoured habitat of the remaining pairs. Also included a successful next box project.
- Establishing a long term monitoring system for storm petrels on Skokholm Island NNR.
- Research to understand the distribution of barn owls in relation to the wider countryside in Pembrokeshire and advising planners and landowners on the erection of nest boxes.
Individual ecologists have subscribed to wildlife and conservation projects, including:
- Monitoring red kite distribution and breeding success in West Wales
- Radio tracking nightjars
- Colour ringing waders of passage
- Monitoring bats in a woodland NNR
- Helping to monitor Greater Horseshoe bats at both breeding and winter roosts
- Helping with the environmental and biological data management of a wetland NNR and the development of appropriate management plans
Grants and Funding for Wildlife and Conservation Projects – scope and application guidance
The scope of expected applications
The company directors will meet to discuss all applications for funding on a regular basis. They would expect the following criteria to be adopted in all applications:-
- The project should be practical in its approach and have a clear and direct benefit (or clear potential benefit) to our knowledge of wildlife or to the actual biodiversity of our local environment.
- Research and monitoring projects will be considered on merit and on the basis of their potential to enhance or protect the biodiversity of wildlife in West Wales.
- We prefer to consider innovative and exciting projects which involve partners and or communities. In particular projects which are large enough to attract match funding will be favoured.
- Projects which are educational must have a clear wildlife/biodiversity objective.
- We would expect an annual or post project report to detail its success and outcomes and be suitable for publication on our web site.
- Small projects costing under £500 may include capital one off costs which have a direct wildlife benefit.
We strongly suggest that preliminary applications should be made setting out your ideas before making a detailed submission.
There is no application form. Applicants should though follow the following guidelines:
- Who are the applicants and what experience or qualifications do they have? Charities or communities must have suitably experienced people involved to be considered.
- What is the purpose of your project? There must be a wildlife context and either a practical research, long-term monitoring or conservation principle. Community or educational projects must embed these principles within the project.
- Who is actually going to manage the project? and write the report which we would expect, and who is actually going to deliver the project. Will volunteers and/or communities make a contribution and if so what will that be.
- Exactly what are you going to do and how? Describe precisely the activities to be undertaken. If special qualifications or experience are required who has those.
- What is the outcome? Is there a long term benefit (or potential benefit) to wildlife knowledge or conservation. Is there any biodiversity enhancement.
- What do you think it will cost? Will you be able to match fund or fund raise funds if we cannot provide all the funds (this is a preferred scenario). Detailed cost estimates will be expected.
- Project timescales. When will you start, and when will you complete, the project.
There is an established scoring system which Directors use to prioritise projects for funding support – full details are available on request.