So, these last few days and weeks have involved a lot of work on our budget. We have a finite amount of grant funding available from our award from the Heritage Lottery Fund, All Our Stories programme and we need to use it wisely.
We’ve been immensely lucky because the owner of Kings Weston House, Norman, has very generously offered us the use of some rooms in the house to be our base camp. This means we’ll have somewhere safe and weatherproof to keep ourselves and our equipment during the BioBlitz. The role of volunteers and kind people like Norman is central to all our work in the park and has been especially welcome for the BioBlitz.
We’re working with BNHC and they have some money available to contribute towards the event but there’s still a lot of juggling to do.
Here are just some of the costs that KWAG and BNHC are covering
- An accessible toilet so that anyone who has mobility difficulties has a loo to use without difficulty
- Catering for the volunteers to thank them for the time they’re so generous with
- Printing of signs, data sheets for information gathering and a booklet with information about the site and the house
- License to Bristol City Council in order to use the estate for our event
- First aid cover
- Some of the project management time
In addition we’re also getting help from University of the West of England to have a staffed and equipped field lab on site; from Wildscreen to help us document the event in film and pictures and other people and organizations too…