Replacing lost habitats

Network Rail has made funds available for biodiversity following unavoidable habitat loss resulting from the electrification of the Great Western Railway line.

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Create, Connect, enhance

We are specifically looking to create new woodland, provide better links between woodlands, and to enhance existing woodland and scrub mosaic, though other habitats could be considered (ancient woodland is not eligible).

The aim of this programme is to support biodiversity projects that provide long lasting improvements to wildlife habitats.

We are looking for strategic projects which improve good quality areas by making them bigger and better connected to other wildlife sites and also to improve the quality of existing habitats, in line with the Oxfordshire’s State of Nature Report and Berkshire’s Biodiversity Action Plan 2014-2020. 

Parish councils, local charities and not-for-profit organisations, local authorities and landowners are all eligible to apply.

Projects are to be delivered over a four-year period and are expected between the range of £10,000 and £100,000.

The final deadline for Stage 1 applications is 23rd April. Following this no new project submissions will be accepted.

Take a look at our FAQ and please contact us for more information or to discuss your project ideas before submitting a proposal.

Please also visit our Offsets & Planning and Biodiversity Grants pages for details of other funding opportunities.