Kent Wildfowling and Conservation Association (KWCA) has made a major breakthrough for a wildfowling club by gaining charitable status for its conservation arm.

Wild Spaces Fund Ltd will manage important conservation sites for the KWCA and carry out work, including the delivery of Higher Level Stewardship targets agreed with Natural England.

Chairman Alan Jarrett said: ?This is a really important step for the KWCA. We have an extensive conservation programme, and Wild Spaces Fund is delivering important work on the ground across a number of sites encompassing reedbed, brackish marshes and saltmarshes.

?Becoming a registered charity will take us to a new level in terms of our standing in the conservation world. There are huge advantages to be gained, not least through enhanced recognition and credibility.

?We have already managed to secure additional funding for our work, and begun to tap into conservation volunteers to assist in improving our sites. We believe it to be a bold initiative that is going to yield major dividends over time.?

For more details, visit www.wildspacesfund.org.uk.