Around a dozen new England wildlife projects are being created across the country to help restore wildlife and help control climate change. The projects have been designed and are being funded to have the maximum impact.
Among the projects on the anvil include the restoration of a threatened kelp forest located off the coast of Sussex and new habitats for butterflies that are more sensitive to the rising global temperatures. There is also an initiative to connect wetlands that have been disconnected and restore the beaver population in them.
Other high-impact schemes among the England wildlife projects include the development of fresh seagrass pastures, a marine flowering plant generally found in coastal habitats, in Solent. The salt marshes near the Essex coast, the peatlands in Durham, Cumbria, Somerset, Northumberland, and Yorkshire will be expanded under the same scheme. They are all initiatives to help lessen the adverse effects of the unrelenting global warming that has begun to affect the entire planet.
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The England wildlife projects will be funded initially by around £2 million (around $2.77 million) from the People’s Postcode Lottery players. Along with the development of the projects, the researchers will also investigate the best way to shield the biodiversity and the ecosystem of the UK from rising global temperatures. This will enable researchers to introduce native species that went extinct locally due to various ecological impacts.
Researchers from Cambridge University will work in East Anglia to comprehend the effect rising temperatures have on sensitive butterflies. They will also create micro-habitats to protect, among others, the chalk hill blue, the Duke of Burgundy, and the small blue varieties of butterflies.
The Derbyshire project will restore the Derwent Valley woodlands. Once restored, researchers plan to introduce the red squirrel and the pine marten in the woodlands. The project located off the Sussex coast will be funded to help restore the lost kelp forests in a 200 sq. km area.
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Research officer Dr. Gwen Hitchcock said that the funding would help future research into ways to protect native species of insects from climate changes.
The dozen England wildlife projects will focus on both adaptations of native flora and fauna and study ways to mitigate the impact of climate change. The impact of large visible projects also helps restore people’s confidence. The restoration of the habitats will play a major role in the accumulation and storage of carbon.