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Bristol crayfish project nominated for national award - 15/05/12

A Bristol-based project designed to secure the long-term survival of native crayfish in the UK has been short-listed for a prestigious national award.

Selected from nearly 100 applicants, the Conservation of White-clawed Crayfish project run by Bristol Zoo Gardens, the Environment Agency and the Avon Wildlife Trust, will now compete against four other organisations from across the country at the 2012 Biffa Awards.

The awards recognise the people who transform their communities and improve the environment through Biffa Award funded projects. The Conservation of White-clawed Crayfish project is nominated in the Rebuilding Biodiversity category, and could receive a £2,000 prize.

The project received £50,000 in funding from Biffa Award to help secure the survival of the white-clawed crayfish in the UK as well as educating people about the endangered species and encourage them to play their part in the fight to save this valuable species. The project combines practical conservation work with education works, based at Bristol Zoo and Gardens.

The Biffa Awards 2012 will be held on September 27 at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, Kent, where all the finalists will be invited to attend a day of celebrating the enthusiasm and commitment of those who dedicate their lives to making a real difference to their community and the environment.

Competition has been fierce from the start, with more than 200 projects eligible to enter the awards under five different categories: Community Buildings, Cultural Facilities, Rebuilding Biodiversity, Recreation and Small Grants.

Category winners at the Awards will receive a trophy and prize money of £2,000, which can be used to further develop their project. Each winner then has the chance of being crowned the Overall Winner for 2012, receiving a further £1,000 prize.

Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said: “The Biffa Awards are a unique opportunity to reward and recognise the dedicated people who are delivering some of the excellent projects we have funded.

“A great deal of the projects we support have a huge and lasting impact on their local community and environment, so to be short-listed for an award is a tremendous achievement in itself. Our judges have a difficult but exciting task ahead in choosing the winners.”

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For media enquiries, please contact Annie Bowden, PR & Communications Officer at Biffa Award: 01636 670062, abowden@rswt.org

Notes for Editors

Since 1997, the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) has been awarding grants to environmental and community projects under the fund name Biffa Award. The fund administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd, a leading integrated waste management business.

Under the Landfill Tax Regulations 1996,landfill operators like Biffa Group Ltd are liable for taxes on waste deposited in landfill sites. The Landfill Communities Fund allows them to donate a small percentage of their tax liability to projects working to improve communities living within the vicinity of landfill sites. To date, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than 125 million to hundreds of worthwhile projects.

www.biffa-award.org

Bristol Zoo Gardens

  • Bristol Zoo is open from 9am every day except Christmas Day. 
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on income from visitors and supporters to continue its important work. 
  • Bristol Zoo is involved with more than 100 co-ordinated breeding programmes for threatened wildlife species. 
  • Itemploys over 150 full and part-time staff to care for the animals and run a successful visitor attraction to support its conservation and education work. 
  • Bristol Zoo supports – through finance and skill sharing - 15 projects in the UK and abroad that conserveand protectsome of the world’s most endangered species.
  • In 2011 Bristol Zoo celebrated its 175th birthday. Over that past 175 years, the Zoo has brought six generations of Bristolians closer to wildlife, helped save over 175 species from extinction, established over 30 field conservation and research programmes all over the world, showed 40 millionschool-aged children the wonder of nature and given more than 90 million visitors a wonderful day out.
  • In 2010 Bristol Zoo Gardens set up a Conservation Fund to raise vital funds to help care for threatened animals and plants – both in the Zoo and through the conservation work we do in the UK and around the world.
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums. BIAZA represents more than 90 member collections and promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums.