Conservation Grants

If you are a landowner, land agent, or farmer contemplating habitat enhancement for the benefit of biodiversity or improvements to encourage wildlife whether large or small scale Building Wildlife may be able to help fund a project on your land if certain criteria are met.

You may be thinking of constructing a pond or filling in the gaps in your hedgerows or even just planting a few native trees and installing the odd bird or bat box. If so, we are here to offer advice and may be able to assist with funding.

If you are looking to carry out research, survey or develop an educational project we may be able to assist with funding.

We do this in line with The Environment (Wales) Act 2016, with our remit covering a broad range of both priority species and priority habitats. Click on one of the links below to learn more;

Purpose of the grant

Our grants are available to benefit the conservation status of those species and their habitats including Great crested newt in North east Wales considered of principal importance through wildlife legislation in Wales.

With regards to European sites where great crested newts are a principal feature refer to the Conservation Objectives of the Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Core Management Plan available on the Natural Resources Wales website, at

Project examples that would benefit those species listed in Welsh Government legislation including great crested newt are:

  • Pond creation, enhancement, and restoration
  • Terrestrial habitat management (to benefit semi-natural habitats)
  • Connectivity management and enhancement, as above
  • Purchase of land
  • Control of invasive species
  • Research, Environmental Education/Training projects
  • Community projects, including working with fishing clubs.

If you'd like more information about grants available, you can contact us by emailing

If you would like to apply for a grant, you can complete our application form below or you can download the Building Wildlife grant application form here;

Grant Application Form - digital submission (click to open)
Explain how the project benefits the target species, habitat or has wider benefits to the public involving quiet recreational enjoyment What other species have been taken into consideration? Are there predicted to be any negative effects? If so, provide mitigation measures for this e.g. pond re-lining/fish eradication needs to consider disturbance and loss of aquatic plants, potential effects on species such as amphibians, water shrew, water vole or effects on habitats. Are there any other species or habitats of national and/or local importance that have been identified which might be disturbed or affected by the project? Are there any historical or archaeological interests which may need to be taken into consideration?
Specify the stages of project at which payment of funds will be made e.g. total £10000 to be paid in 4 stages. Stage 1 - £4000. Stages 2, 3 & 4 - £2000 at each stage.
Please specify if this is a requirement of an NRW species conservation licence