Bay granted special status

Lucy Barron, left
Lucy Barron, left

PROJECTS supporting wildlife and agriculture around Morecambe Bay have been given a £600,000 investment.

The Government announced on Monday that the bay is to become one of England’s first Nature Improvement Areas (NIA), where the money will be spent on improving and reconnecting the area’s wetland, limestone, grassland and woodland habitats, as well as supporting farming, woodfuel and wildlife tourism businesses.

Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership has worked a number of local agencies to secure the funding from the Government.

Lucy Barron, the AONB’s manager, said: “This is important - these habitats are part of our landscape and our shared sense of place.

“This will give a much-needed boost to the area’s wildlife whilst bringing benefits for our local economy, farmers and communities.

“Partnership working continues to go from strength to strength around the bay as this latest exciting success shows.

“Support from farmers and landowners, the wider community and many others demonstrates there is an appetite for collaboration and action on a large scale.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (01-03-12) for full story.