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£55,000 grant for Worthing wildlife

The county's leading nature conservation organisation has been awarded nearly £56,000 to oversee a new nature project.

Sussex Wildlife Trust have been awarded £55,600 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to oversee 'Wild about Worthing' which is an urban nature project.

The two-year project allows Worthing residents a chance to experience the natural world while encouraging local wildlife to thrive in the specially created environment.

Planned activities include a town-wide gardening competition and a Forest School programme offering outdoor learning to pupils.

Although Worthing is densely populated, it has a huge wildlife potential with the South Downs National Park on one side and the coast on the other. Thanks to HLF's generous funding we can give the local community a chance to learn about all the wonderful wildlife on their doorstep and provide vital urban greenspaces where nature can flourish."

– Pete Crawford, Sussex Wildlife Trust's Head of People and Wildlife

Keep an eye out for hungry hedgehogs

The hedgehog is the UK's only spiny mammal Credit: David Plummer

As the days are getting longer and the evenings lighter, we're being urged to keep a look out for hungry hedgehogs.

Sussex Wildlife Trust says we can help by leaving out meals of dog or cat food and a dish of clean water.

When hedgehogs wake up properly it's crucial they find enough to eat as they're extremely thirsty and their fat reserves are low, having lost a third of their body weight during hibernation.

Please do not feed hedgehogs bread and/or milk as this creates health problems for them.

To find out more about our prickly friends and how to help them, visit Sussex Wildlife Trust's website.

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