Wildlife sites in Rotherham win cash backing

A string of wildlife habitats is to be created across a South Yorkshire town after a grant was secured from money raised by the landfill tax.

Officers at Rotherham Borough Council said the project had been funded largely by a £226,929 grant from the Biodiversity Action Fund.

Now 12 connected sites will be created along the rivers Don and Rother.

The aim of the project is to attract birds, otters and fish to the areas.

The sites identified for work include Centenary Riverside in Rotherham Town Centre; Rother Valley Country Park; Bow Bridge in Rotherham Town Centre; the Fitzwilliam Canal at Parkgate; Whiston Meadows; the Forgemasters Tip at Treeton and Catcliffe Flash Local Nature Reserve.

Councillor Ken Wyatt of Rotherham Borough Council said he was "delighted" with the news and thanked the Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency for their partnership support in the funding application.

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