SMALL GRANT SCHEME
Have you ever wanted to carry out research into mammals but have been prohibited due to costs? The Devon Mammal Group Small Grant Scheme was set up to enable members to carry out research into mammals in Devon. Grants of up to £500 can be awarded to help cover research costs i.e. cameras, traps and other equipment.
To obtain a Grant, the application form should be completed and sent to the DMG Committee for approval. We are keen to encourage applications from our members and will look especially favourably on unusual applications. You do not have to be a student to obtain a grant. In return for funding, recipients will be asked to provide an article for our Newsletter and Website and/or to provide a short talk at one of our events. Our members love to hear about new research!
If you would like to apply for a grant, please complete the application form here and return it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples of Previously approved Applications:
Dormice in Devon gardens
Rare and secretive dormice are sometimes seen visiting garden bird feeders. Based on sightings reported to Devon Biodiversity Records Centre between 1999-2009, further investigations were made analysing ‘dormouse gardens’ and their surrounding landscape features. Dr. Pat Morris says this is the first garden survey of dormice that he has heard of.
Gardens visited by dormice were generally in rural or rural edge areas, and although sometimes some distance from large woodlands or other suitable habitat, were often linked by hedgerow networks. Hedge quality was also found to be an important factor within individual gardens. The findings relate to other studies of dormouse populations in fragmented woodland habitats.
You can read the full report here: Dormice in Gardens
Recipient: Stephen Carroll
Red Squirrel Education Pack
Devon Mammal Group has awarded a grant of £250 to bring red squirrel education packs into schools across the county. Olivia has a passion for red squirrels and has devised a fun education pack to teach children about our native species of squirrel. Awarded in May 2017.
Recipient: Olivia Kennaway
Dormouse Tubes for The Avon Valley Project
We have awarded a grant of £420 to the Avon Valley Project to assist in their dormouse surveys. The tubes were put out in Spring 2017.
The Avon Valley Project is a landscape scale conservation project that is a partnership between Devon Wildlife Trust and South Devon Nature Trust. The grant has gone towards 200 nest tubes. Results are looking promising, so keep a look out for an update from Craig!
Recipient: Craig Dunton and The Avon valley Project
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