Thanks to National Lottery players, Sussex Wildlife Trust has announced that their Discover Rye Harbour application has been awarded a first-round pass by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with a development grant of £47,200.
Discover Rye Harbour is a dynamic project which aims to transform the way people engage with the natural heritage of Sussex. Based at a new Discovery Centre to be built at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, the project will offer an exciting year-round programme of exhibitions, events and educational opportunities for more than 350,000 annual visitors.
Developed with the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, the project will transform people’s engagement in, and conservation of, the unique natural environment and wider heritage of the nature reserve. Backed by an extensive volunteer development programme, it will also improve existing habitats for the 4,500 species of plants and animals who thrive there – of which more than 300 are nationally rare or endangered.
Director of Learning and Engagement at Sussex Wildlife Trust, Pete Crawford, says: “Rye Harbour is a very special place, and this project will engage thousands of visitors, including many young people, who will learn about the reserve’s exceptional biodiversity and history, the wider landscape and conservation.”
Source: Sussex Wildlife Trust
Image Credits: Nazarin Montag/Sussex Wildlife Trust, Barry Yates/Sussex Wildlife Trust.