Breeding site for upland wading birds secured with the help of Lottery grant

MORE than £100,000 has been raised by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust (SWT) to secure a breeding ground for upland wading birds in the Moorlands.

A National Lottery grant of £57,300 helped the trust meet their target to enable the purchase of the 30-acre site on the outskirts of Leek.

James Dennison, fundraising manager for the SWT, said: “We set ourselves two years to hit that target. Thanks to our members and funders, we’ve managed to do that in half the time.”

The breeding site provides an ideal habitat for wading birds including lapwing (pictured), snipe and curlew, and is next to The Roaches and Blackbrook Nature reserves close to the village Upperhulme.