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Grant to restore Fenland reserve

Lapwings. Photo RSPB
Lapwings will benefit from the grant to maintain the reserve

A 40,000 grant is helping to restore and maintain floodplain grazing marshes on a Cambridgeshire nature reserve.

The money, which comes from a fund that utilises landfill taxes, will pay for the Awash with Wildlife project at Ouse Washes near Manae.

Work will include hide repairs, surveys of its wintering wildfowl and work on ditches to help wading birds feed.

Stanground Wash at Peterborough, home to several rare species of beetle, will also benefit from the grant.

Lorna Parker, from the Wildlife Trust for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, said: "Floodplain grazing marsh is a rare wildlife habitat.

"It is vital that we look after these areas - not only as floodplains for the local area, but also for the birds that migrate to them every year from Europe and the Arctic, and the wildlife that is resident in them all year round."

The Ouse Washes are a 19-mile (30 km) stretch of seasonally flooded wet grassland between Earith and Denver and cover 2,400 hectares.

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