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Wetlands scheme gets cash boost
Lapwing - RSPB
Lapwings are set to benefit from the project
A project to develop a large nature reserve next to the River Trent in Lincolnshire has received a cash boost.

Beckingham Marshes near Gainsborough is set to become one of the largest and most important habitats for wading birds in the East Midlands.

The government's Countryside Stewardship Scheme will donate 600,000 over 10 years to fund the habitat for wading birds.

Birds such as lapwing, redshank and curlew will benefit from the scheme.

Nearly 54 hectares of arable land will be reverted to wet marshy grassland and over 35 hectares of existing grassland will also be part of the project.

Other wildlife that will benefit from the reserve are frogs, newts and toads, dragons, damselflies, water voles and otters.

The project is a joint venture between the RSPB and the Environment Agency.

Tim Cleeves, RSPB project manager, said: "We are delighted with the fantastic funding help, which marks an important step forwards in our quest to restore Beckingham Marshes into a major wetland nature reserve."

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