Grants for biodiversity projects on offer for fifth year

Graphic stating PEBBLE - projects that explore biodiversity benefits in the local environment

Our PEBBLE fund, ‘Projects that Explore Biodiversity Benefits in the Local Environment’, is now open to applications for any community groups or charities who want to encourage and enhance biodiversity.

Applications are invited for funding up to £10,000, from schools, youth groups, wildlife groups, charities or community organisations for any projects designed to improve, restore or create new habitats, and which benefit biodiversity, the environment and have a positive impact on the local community.

This is the fifth year of the PEBBLE fund and, since it was launched, over 57 hectares have been improved through these awards to support local projects in the Cambridge region. 

Twenty projects, covering 57 hectares (or 57 rugby pitches) have been helped by the PEBBLE fund over four years. Previous projects have included community and school gardens, habitat creation, river restoration (improving over 22km of river in the tributaries of the River Cam), woodland creation, ecological surveys and the removal of non-native invasive species which destroy habitats for our native wildlife.

"At Cambridge Water, we recognise the importance of the local environment, and the part we play in the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity. Increasing the variety of natural living things and the diversity of the habitats where they live not only benefits wildlife, it can also enhance local communities and our open spaces.”

Dan Clark, Water Resources and Environment Manager for Cambridge Water.


Find out more about the PEBBLE fund and how to apply. Applications can be submitted until 1 September 2020.

 Posted:  8 June 2020