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The LIFE+ Alde-Ore Future for wildlife project started in April 2010 and will run for 4 years. The project has been awarded £533,145 (approx.  £460,000) by the European Union, which is 50% of the project's costs. In addition, the SITA Trust has generously awarded a further £118,000 to Orford Ness to fully fund the work on the coastal marshes and lagoons on that site.

European Union- LIFE+

LIFE is the EU's financial instrument to support environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU.  The LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity strand of the EU's funding programme supports projects that contribute to the implementation of Birds and Habitats Directives, the Natura 2000 network and that contribute to the EU's goal of halting the loss of biodiversity.

LIFE+ Nature funds 50% (£533 145, about £459,607) of the Alde-Ore Future for Wildlife project.  This includes funding for resources to undertake strategies on how to best undertake our work, studies on how to improve the sites' natural habitats, and purchase of equipment to monitor and disseminate our progress.  Following this, the project will fund design and installation of measures to enable us to manage water levels in coastal lagoons and marshes on both sites, and observe and manage predatory mammals.  Funding will also support communication measures such as information boards, scientific reporting, signing and leaflets, and this website. LINK.

SITA Trust

SITA Trust is an ethical funding organisation dedicated to making lasting improvements to the natural environment and community life. The Trust is a not-for-profit company, a registered and accredited environmental body that operates under the Landfill Communities Fund distributing funds donated by the recycling and resource management company SITA UK.

SITA Trust supports biodiversity conservation projects in England. SITA Trust has contributed £117,990 to this project.  This will help support actions on Orford Ness such as the development of a water level management plan, resources to create new ditches, scrapes and lagoons to better manage water levels, and resources to survey and monitor the effects of the project. LINK.


Biffa-award is a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.
Biffaward has generously awarded its support to the Havergate Island LIFE+ Alde Ore Project and have match funded the elements of the project being undertaken this winter on the island. This includes the restoration of the sluices and the creation of new nesting islands on some of the lagoons. LINK.

Environment Agency

The Environment Agency's purpose is to protect or enhance the environment, taken as a whole. They have funded work to achieve the designs of the Water Level Management Plan on Orford Ness, including scrapes, lagoons and new ditches. LINK.

Neptune Coastline Campaign

Over the past 47 years the Neptune Coastline Campaign has helped to acquire 720 miles of coastline in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and brought it under the care of the National Trust.  LINK.

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Oroklini lake is an important wetland and home to the spur-winged lapwing (Vanellus spinosus) and black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus). The aim of the 3 year LIFE project is to protect Oroklini wetland and its biodiversity and to tackle pressures threatening this important wetland. LINK.

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