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Last Updated: Monday, 24 April 2006, 17:58 GMT 18:58 UK
Wildlife haven reopens to public
A Kent nature reserve that has been closed for five years has reopened to the public after refurbishments.

The Berengrave Local Nature Reserve in Rainham, which is a former chalk quarry, was opened on Monday by the mayor of Medway.

The site, which boasts a freshwater pond, has been described by park ranger Steve Brooks as ecologically important.

He said as well as several bird species it was home to reptiles, amphibians, and rare and endangered plants.

The nature reserve now has new public access facilities that have been created throughout the site.

The reopening is the result of a joint effort between Medway Council and Waste Recycling Environmental (Wren), which contributed 14,000 towards the total project cost of just under 42,000.

It also had the support of local community group Friends of Berengrave, which is undertaking historical research into the site which will be used to create on-site information panels.

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