The Coastal Communities Fund has awarded the money to the Lancashire Wildlife Trust to help transform coastal communities on the Fylde by bringing them closer to nature on the coast. It is one of only two projects in Lancashire, and 16 across the UK, to be awarded funds from the scheme.
Over the next two years, the project will encourage regeneration and nature tourism on the Fylde Coast from Fleetwood down to Lytham. It will inspire people to appreciate some of the special wildlife and wild spaces on offer in the area – from the fish and bird life on the estuaries to the creatures that live in Blackpool’s sea wall.
Project Manager and Senior Marine Conservation Officer, Emily Baxter said: “There is a great diversity of wildlife along the coast and we want to inspire people to enjoy and protect it. We aim to work with local community groups and businesses to further develop the nature tourism offer.
“We want to work with local businesses along the Fylde Coast, and we are particularly keen to engage with holiday parks. We will also support community groups to take an active role in championing their coast and provide volunteering opportunities and placements with training such as helping with surveys, wildlife watching, and events.”
In August, the Lancashire Wildlife Trust launched a fundraising appeal, which will help to provide the match funding for this project. The Lancashire’s Living Seas project will include a wide range of initiatives including events, workshops and trails.