Borders Wader Initiative

As part of the Quixwood windfarm biodiversity offset scheme, funding has been secured to develop the Borders Wader Initiative

Background to the Borders Wader Initiative Grant Scheme

Lapwing in fieldA biodiversity offset project has been secured for the Quixwood wind farm, by Scottish Borders Council, on behalf of the developer NTR plc (Moor Wood Wind Farm) Ltd. This is to compensate for the loss of breeding wader habitat and will cover the creation of new wetland habitats, ponds, scrapes and wet grassland management. These will be delivered offsite to provide habitat for breeding waders in core areas in the Scottish Borders and, where possible, deliver wider public benefits.

Who is eligible to apply?

The initiative is open to any farm business, individual or organisation who is interested in creating wetlands, ponds and scrapes for wildlife within the preferred zones. This initiative is designed to be complementary to other natural heritage projects with conservation, amenity or commercial aims.

Eligible items

• Wetland creation, pond creation, scrape creation
• Stock fencing and gates
• Ditch blocking
• Soft rush cutting
• Grazing management
• Public board walks (to encourage public appreciation and enjoyment)
Other items may be approved on a site-by-site basis.

Funding levels

The initiative will give assistance to either individuals or community groups, in order to suit the specific project;
• Individuals: grant rates of between 75% and 100% of approved costs (excluding VAT) for individuals. Discretionary payment and ceilings apply.
• Community groups: grant rates of up to 100% of approved costs (including VAT) for community groups.

Advice and support

Tweed Forum staff are able to offer site visits to help with site selection and the grant application process. Please contact us on 01896 849723 or at info@tweedforum.org (or Tweed Forum, South Court, Drygrange Steading, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 9DJ).

Map showing 20km preferred zone around Quixwood wind farm