Natural England - Countdown 2010 Biodiversity Action Fund 2008 - 2011

Countdown 2010 Biodiversity Action Fund 2008 - 2011

Working to halt the loss of biological diversity.

Please note: All of the funding available to this scheme has now been committed and that Natural England is not currently accepting any further applications for funding from this source.

This £5.5 million fund was launched on 22 May 2008 to help achieve the UK government’s commitment to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010, through supporting the recovery of priority species and habitats in England.

This commitment to halt biodiversity loss was made by European leaders at the 2001 EU Summit in Gothenburg and the Countdown 2010 initiative seeks to raise awareness of this target.

Following on from an open grant application process, 38 projects were awarded funding on 6 October 2008. The projects are all run by voluntary organisations and are directly contributing towards the conservation of UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority habitats and species in England.

Grants have been awarded for the next three financial years, 08/09, 09/10 and 10/11, and constitute a maximum of 50% of total project costs.

Projects were assessed using the following criteria:

a. how the proposal benefits BAP priority species and/or habitats in England;

b. how the proposal benefits the best sites for wildlife in England (including local wildlife sites);

c. the extent to which the specified gains for BAP priority species and habitats achieved by the project also support enhancements at a landscape-scale (for example through reducing the effects of fragmentation);

d. how the project is developing the evidence base for BAP priority species and habitats, for example through surveying and monitoring, trialling of habitat management techniques;

e. effective partnership working, for example by engaging with regional or local biodiversity partnerships, schools and local businesses, in order to deliver particular outcomes for BAP priority habitats and species;

f. that the benefits of the project are sustained after the funding period ends, i.e. that there is a lasting legacy;

g. value for money.

List of projects funded 2008 to 2011: (25kb)excel spreadsheet

Countdown 2010 e-newsletter no.4: (809kb)pdf document


For any enquiries about this scheme please contact:

John Bedford (01733 455415) or Trudie Mills (01733 455185)