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GREENOCK Cut Volunteers Awarded £10,000 For Conservation Work

GREENOCK Cut Conservation Volunteers are celebrating being awarded a grant of just under £10,000 from National Lottery and the Awards For All Scotland fund. The

The Conservation Blitz@The Greenock Cut project will run at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre and Lunderston Bay for 12 months from February in partnership with Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park Countryside Rangers.

A free public event will take place each month including habitat box-making, guided walks and beach cleans, and there will be a number of special days focusing on species found within the regional park.

Members of the public will be able to interact with nature and see the work that the volunteer group and the rangers carry out. Money will also be spent on a range of new tools and ecological surveying equipment to help with conservation work and wildlife recording.

Mike Holcombe, senior countryside ranger at Clyde Muirshiel, said: “The volunteer group play an important role within the regional park. Every week they come up to the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre and work alongside the team here helping maintain the land around the centre and at Lunderston Bay.

"The work they do doesn’t just help local wildlife, it’s beneficial for our visitors too. Winning the award is great for the group as it means that they are being recognised for the fantastic work they have been doing and will help them do even more."

Kathleen McMillan, chair of the Greenock Cut Conservation Volunteers said: “The award will allow us to carry out more biological recording on species we haven’t previously surveyed and do more conservation work within the park."

The volunteers meet on Saturdays, between 10:30am and 2:30pm at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre and carry out a wide range of tasks like path repairs, creating habitat homes, drainage repairs and biological surveys. The group is open to all over the age of 18 who have an interest in the outdoors and wildlife.

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