Tees Valley Wildlife Trust scoop award for Stockton wetland work (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Tees Valley Wildlife Trust scoop award for Stockton wetland work
A PROJECT to create valuable wetland habitat in Stockton has scooped a prestigious environmental and community award.
The 'Portrack Waders' project, run by the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, was today (Thursday) named winner of the 'Rebuilding Biodiversity' category of the Biffa Awards 2013.
The award was for work to create an area of wetland habitat and comes with 2,000 in prize money.
Overseen by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, Biffa Award gives grants to environmental and community projects, using landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Group Ltd. Portrack Marsh is a nature reserve on a piece of undisturbed land and is an important area for breeding and over-wintering wetland birds. Thanks to the support of the Biffa Award, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust has extended the reserve by nearly ten hectares, creating new habitat for wading birds such as the ringed plover, lapwing, snipe, curlew and redshank, and benefiting other species including the otter and butterflies such as dingy skipper and grayling.
Thanks to the Portrack Waders project the reserve is now able to give priority to educational activities and improve visitor experiences.
This year's Awards were held at the ThinkTank Birmingham Science Museum.
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said: All of our projects deserve recognition for the work they do, but we are delighted for the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust on their success.
Their inspirational work at Portrack Marsh is not only making a real difference to the biodiversity of the area, but it has really involved the local community - inspiring volunteers as well as providing a fantastic spot for visitors."
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