We can only help support Wales’ birds if we understand where and how they live. Conservation work based on well-disseminated, good quality research work is crucial, and we are fortunate in the UK that such activities are undertaken by both professional organisations and expert, unpaid volunteers.
In order to support such work, WOS offers small grants. For 2021 we have offered grants of up to 75% (maximum £1000) towards projects that benefit species listed as priorities on the application form. Further monies may be available for the continuation of the project into 2022 should the interim project results indicate that there would be a real conservation benefit. However, consideration will also be given to research into species for which there is a significant gap in knowledge.
In 2019 two grants were awarded, for studies on Little Terns and Hawfinches and some details can be found here. In 2020 one grant was awarded, to support a Swift project, but this proved impossible to implement, because of COVID restrictions, and this project will now be undertaken in 2021. In 2021 we have awarded three grants: (1) the effectiveness of remote audio units (AudioMoths) to detect scarce woodland birds, especially Hawfinches. (2) a detailed study of the breeding ecology of the Tree Pipit in Blaengarw, East Glamorgan. (3) thermal imaging technology to support nest recording and ringing in East Glamorgan.
The deadline for completed applications for each calendar year is usually the end of February. All applications should be made using the application form which can be downloaded here.
Your project should aim to improve:
1. Current knowledge of status, trends, distribution or species requirements, especially priority research species – more details of these on the form.
2. Habitat conditions at specific sites (the work undertaken will need to be sustainable)
3. Production and dissemination of species information to assist others in conservation action
Notes for Applicants
• Applications must be made using the form.
• Projects must take place within Wales.
• The grant can pay for costs of the project such as materials, research and surveys including travel expenses, habitat management and technical advice. It should not pay for core funding for a group, nor for telescopes or binoculars to undertake fieldwork.
• The funding must be used for biodiversity conservation work and not to fulfil any existing agreements such as Service-level agreements, agri-environment works, planning obligations.
• Any individual or non–profit group or organisation may apply. If you are applying on behalf of a non-constituted group and therefore do not have a bank account (such as a Biodiversity Action Group), you may nominate an organisation to administer the project finances. Eligible organisations include Local Authorities, Registered Charities, and Government Organisations.
• A nominated person must sign the application form accepting the conditions of grant on behalf of those involved in the project.
• The applicant must supply adequate information to justify the project.
• Grants will be made in two parts: half before the project and half upon receipt of a report on the work.