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Ullapool Sea Savers and High Life Highland project centred on Coigach and Loch Broom receive grants from Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership

By Philip Murray

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Some of the Ullapool Sea Savers, photographer before the Covid-19 lockdown.
Some of the Ullapool Sea Savers, photographer before the Covid-19 lockdown.

WILDLIFE projects in Loch Broom and Coigach have received more than £6000 in a round of heritage project grants aimed at the Coigach and Assynt areas.

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership's (CALLP) community grant scheme has awarded £2930 to the Ullapool Sea Savers, and a further £3434 to a High Life Highland project centred on the local area.

The Sea Savers are expected to use the cash to help carry out intertidal seaweed surveys. They will use the Natural History Museum’s Big Seaweed Survey format, and focussing on the five MarClim station locations within the CALLP area. It is expected that the group will carry out 10 surveys a year.

High Life Highland, meanwhile, will use its money on a Highland Mammals project. This citizen science scheme will provide courses aimed at increasing awareness, knowledge and recordings of mammals, with a particular emphasis on the Coigach and Lochbroom area.

The grants are part of a wider £31,869 award to 10 projects in the area.

Projects benefiting from funding include supporting the repair of the historic stone wall around Glencanisp Walled Garden, a revamp of a community archive and repairs to a community hall roof in Sutherland.

Boyd Alexander, CALLP's scheme manager, said: “The community grant scheme allows us to reach out to local projects that complement and enrich our work, as well as the wider communities and the area's heritage.

"It’s inspiring to see the wide range of projects that individuals and groups in Coigach & Assynt want to implement, and I've been delighted to see the impact that our support has had over the past four years."

Over the last four years that the Community Grants Scheme has been running, grants totalling more than £103,000 have been awarded across 12 individuals and 26 local organisations.

The grants are boosted by in-kind contributions, volunteer time, and match funding, giving the projects a combined total worth of over £394,000.

The CALLP Community Grants Scheme offers grants to community projects that complement those taking place through the wider Landscape Partnership Scheme and provide benefit to people living within the project area.

Grants of up to £5000 are available to organisations and £1000 to individuals. Grants are awarded up to a maximum of 75 per cent of the total project cost.

These grants are made possible with thanks to players of the National Lottery through the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage.

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