Vote for Oare Marshes reserve to help us win €30,000 

Vote for Oare Marshes reserve to help us win €30,000 

We’re delighted that our ‘Enriching Biodiversity at Oare Marshes’ project has been shortlisted to receive €30,000 funding from European Outdoor Conservation Association.

Oare Marshes has been placed in the Wild Places’ category and is up against 16 other projects from around the world, projects taking place in Cumbria, as well as Kenya, Ukraine and Argentina.

But a public vote is now open and only the three projects with the most votes – one from each of the three categories: Forest; Water; and Wild Places – can win and secure the funding. 

How to vote  

  • Click on the button next to our ‘Enriching Biodiversity at Oare Marshes’ project before 9th April. 

We need as many votes as possible, please! 

Once you have voted, please share this page far and wide, and encourage your  friends and family to also support our project.   

Steve Weeks, our Area Manager said:

 “The €30,000 funding could be a game-changer for this incredibly important and much-loved wetland habitat and help us to do more for the amazing array of wildlife that lives there including water vole and avocet. It will also help us to improve paths, and access to the bird hide so more people can enjoy the reserve. We need votes though, it's a click of a button and we really would be delighted if people can help us - it would mean everything to be one of the three lucky winners!” 

Our plans include:

  • Re-profiling existing wetland scrapes – the mudflat areas where avocet, lapwing and water rail can rest and feed -  and creating three new scrapes; 
  • Clearing sediment and vegetation build-up that is stopping some key wetland plants from thriving 
  • Restoring ditches to create more open water 
  • Creating additional species-rich grassland – vital for our rare flowers, insects and birds  
  • Improving access for visitors including better paths and access to the bird hide