The department's fund for local biodiversity recording will help the National Biodiversity Network in its work. The fund will provide up to £1.2 million over three years and will be managed by Natural England.
The government also published the results of a survey mapping the UK's countryside and its natural resources this week. "The survey shows the pressure that our natural world is under. It is more important than ever that we do our bit for wildlife," insisted environment minister Hilary Benn.
"More people are getting involved in environmental volunteering and there was a 31 per cent increase between 2000 and 2007. However, overall the number is still relatively low."
The Countryside Survey is available at PlanningResource.co.uk/doc.