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Work to start on flood protection

Work is due to start on improvements to boost flood protection for homes and wildlife in Lincolnshire.

The Environment Agency is to carry out repairs to a culvert in the sea bank at the Frieston Shore nature reserve near Boston, at a cost of £40,000.

Officials from the agency said the work is vital to prevent the flooding of nearby properties and a reserve for birds popular with visitors.

The project, which will take six weeks to complete, will start on Monday.

Freiston Shore is an important area in the UK for wintering birds, the agency said.

Ian Russell, of the Environment Agency, said: "We have worked closely with the RSPB and Natural England to minimise potential disruption to this sensitive environment while the work is taking place.

"We hope visitors to the reserve understand this and will not allow it to detract from their enjoyment of the area."

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