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. We award grants of up to £500 towards projects that benefit species listed as priorities on the application form. However, consideration will also be given to research into species for which there is a significant gap in knowledge.

Applications for the 2019 awards have now closed and two grants have been awarded – see here for details. Applications for 2020 will open in December 2019 and applications should be made using the application form which can be downloaded here. The deadline for completed applications is 29th February 2020 and for background information on successful applications in previous years, click on the links at the bottom of this page.

Your project should aim to improve:
1. Current knowledge of status, trends, distribution or species requirements, especially priority research species – more details of these on the form.
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

Notes for Applicants

• Applications must be made using the form.

• 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, nor for telescopes or binoculars to undertake fieldwork.

• The funding must be used for biodiversity conservation work and not to fulfil any existing agreements such as Service-level agreements, 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.

• Grants will be made in two parts: half before the project and half upon receipt of a report on the work.
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Small grants awarded in 2019

Two grants of £500 were awarded:

1. Henry Cook on behalf of the North Wales Little Tern project. Monies to be used to help buy 25 geolocators that will be fitted to adult Little Terns and track their migratory routes, staging areas and wintering grounds in order to help inform species conservation.

2. Ewen Stenhouse of Cardiff University. Project to investigate Hawfinch diet. Is food availability and choice a limiting factor for declining UK Hawfinch populations. Ewen will work in collaboration with existing Hawfinch ringing projects in four locations throughout Wales.