Welsh Ornithological Society

We can only help support Wales' birds if we understand where and how they live. Conservation work based on well-disseminated, good quality research work is crucial, and we are fortunate in the UK that such activities are undertaken by both professional organisations and expert, unpaid volunteers.

In order to support such work, WOS offers small grants. Two grants not exceeding £500 are available for bird conservation projects in Wales.

To qualify for the grant, your project should benefit red or amber-listed species in the Population Status of Birds in Wales 2, with highest priority given towards red-listed species that are also Principal Biodiversity Species. However, consideration will also be given to research into species for which there is a significant gap in knowledge. These are listed at the end of the application form. 

Your project should aim to improve:

1. Current knowledge of status, trends, distribution or species requirements

2. Habitat conditions at specific sites (the work undertaken will need to be sustainable)

3. Production and dissemination of species information to assist others in conservation action

• Deadline for Applications: 28 February.

• Projects must take place within Wales.

• The grant can pay for costs of the project such as materials, research and surveys including travel expenses, habitat management and technical advice. It should not pay for core funding for a group.

• The funding must be used for biodiversity conservation work and not to fulfil any existing agreements such as SLAs, agri-environment works, planning obligations.

• Any individual or non–profit group or organisation may apply. If you are applying on behalf of a non-constituted group and therefore do not have a bank account (such as a Biodiversity Action Group), you may nominate an organisation to administer the project finances. Eligible organisations include Local Authorities, Registered Charities, and Government Organisations.

• A nominated person must sign the application form accepting the conditions of grant on behalf of those involved in the project.

• The applicant must supply adequate information to justify the project.