More than £150,000 is to be spent protecting an historic site on Teesside which is also a wildlife haven.
Eston Moor is a home of many species including the curlew
Cleveland Borough Council's countryside rangers will spend the government grant building shallow ponds to rejuvenate the wetlands of Eston Moor.
The area is a haven for roe deer, brown hares, lapwings, skylarks and curlews.
The money will also be spent preserving nearby archaeological remains, including a Bronze Age hill fort on Eston Nab and Stone Age burial mounds.
The government grant has been awarded through the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and will be spend over the next 10 years.
It is also hoped better maintaining the moor will help attract new species to the area.
The Council's cabinet member for rural affairs, Councillor Graham Jeffery, said: "We are delighted to have received this grant which is bound to help us give a more secure future to Eston Moor.
"We currently have six volunteers without whom much of the management work would not take place. New faces are always welcome."