New homes for Jersey bats thanks to Channel Islands Eco-Fund

Birds and bats on Jersey have been given new homes with support from the Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s Eco-Fund. Jersey Mencap, a charity that supports children and adults with learning...

Birds and bats on Jersey have been given new homes with support from the Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s Eco-Fund.

Jersey Mencap, a charity that supports children and adults with learning disabilities, received a £1,315 Eco-Fund grant last year. The charity’s site features a reservoir, woodland and marshland with a variety of wildlife, and the grant enabled them to install new bat and bird boxes while helping people with a learning disability gain skills in conservation and general work experience.

The Eco-Fund is supported by a 5p charge on single-use bags.

“It’s great to hear how the Eco-Fund is making a difference to community projects like this one, which benefits the community and the environment,” said the society’s chief marketing officer, Greg Yeoman.

“Since we launched the fund in 2008, more than £280,000 has been distributed to environmental causes across the Channel Islands.”

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The fund has previously supported a dolphin listening project, outside learning areas in schools and other environmental initiatives.

Alex Wiles, manager of Jersey Mencap, said the pond project was going from strength to strength with new activities planned this summer.

“This year, we have been focused on preparing an area for a flower meadow,” she said. “We’ve installed new bat and bird boxes, and enjoyed an evening bat watching with the Jersey Bat Group. The willow bird hides at the site have also come into their own this year along with the well-used picnic area.”

She added: “Our plans for the future include tree planting, bracken control and to offer more corporate sessions, which have proved very popular and help raise awareness of Jersey Mencap.”

  • Applications for Eco-Fund grants can be completed online or downloaded at www.channelislands.coop/eco-fund. Completed applications can be posted to Julie Le Cornu, Marketing & PR Manager, Co-operative House, 57 Don St, St Helier, Jersey, JE2 4TR, by 8 July 2016.
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