£2.9 million lottery grant for Galloway Glens area

Loch Stroan in Galloway

Loch Stroan in Galloway

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The Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership are to receive over £2.9 million in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

They are one of three large-scale Scottish landscapes to be earmarked for a large grant by HLF as part of its well established Landscape Partnership Programme.

It will cover the catchment area of 590km2 around the rivers Dee and Ken.

The area is the first UK Dark Sky Park, Scotland’s first Biosphere, has Scotland’s only bat reserve and contains seven priority habitats which are home to a host of wildlife.

However changing land and water management has resulted in a dramatic decline or loss of many species – water vole, willow tit, night jar, black grouse, Artic char, Atlantic salmon and European eel.

The Landscape Partnership will work with communities in conserving and restoring this fragile landscape.

Practical works will allow fish to negotiate the power station, peatland will be restored and forestry restructured.

There will be training for 16-24-year-olds in heritage and business skills while local businesses will be trained in promoting nature-based tourism.

Lucy Casot, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said:“Our species and habitats are under constant threat yet they make a massive contribution to our economy.”