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BASC conservation project helps to boost wildlife in North Wales.

More than 100 acres of new woodland has been planted over the last year in North Wales through a major conservation project run by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).

The Green Shoots project has put up pine marten and barn owl breeding boxes on shoots across the region to help to boost population numbers and to protect endangered water voles American mink are being controlled in Gwynedd and Anglesey.

Alex Hatton, BASC's biodiversity project officer for North Wales, said: "We are so lucky to have so many Green Shoots members passionate about conservation and keen to be involved in this project. People who shoot are the eyes and ears of the countryside and by drawing on these experiences many new initiatives have been developed."

The project's annual report, which has recently been published, details other developments such as the planting of 106 acres of woodland, 12.63 km of river bank being fenced off and 7km of new hedges being planted.

Alex Hatton added: "The key to success with this project is the fantastic support received from government and voluntary conservation organisations. There is still much that can be done through Green Shoots in North Wales and by continuing the momentum it will provide even more measurable gains for wildlife in the future."

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