Thanks to our incredibly generous donors we have been able to continue to support the 100% fund small grant scheme in 2021, making small conservation grants available to our affiliated amphibian and reptile groups right across the UK. In 2021 we were able to support our groups in Norfolk, Cumbria, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and North Merseyside with funds to purchase refugia for survey and monitoring, hand tools and PPE for habitat work, and to help with pond restoration. In 2021 ARG UK had a particular focus on setting up burial ground surveys under our 'Finding Sanctuary' project with a number of our ARGs getting involved and indeed the results show that many of our widespread species do find ancient churchyards and burial grounds to be a safe haven.
We were also delighted to be able to support the Ice Age Pond Project - a joint project set up by Herefordshire Amphibian and Reptile Team, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust, to survey, monitor and restore these ancient ponds, sadly fast disappearing under modern agricultural regimes.
And finally, we are supporting the North Merseyside ARG with tools and PPE for their winter habitat restoration programme to benefit two of our rarest species, the natterjack toad and the North Merseyside sand lizard.
Massive thanks to our donors - particularly Habitat Aid who have been an incredibly generous and loyal long term supporter of the 100% fund, and trustee Sam Kelly for her entire month of fundraising for the scheme.