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New funding for nature reserves

Waders at Orford Ness
Part of the aim is to improve habitat conditions for birds

Two Suffolk nature reserves have been given a boost from the European Union's nature fund.

The National Trust and RSPB have been awarded £477,000 for conservation work on Orford Ness and Havergate Island in the Alde-Ore estuary.

The initial work will enable water levels to be managed in coastal lagoons and marshes on the two sites.

This aims to improve habitat conditions and enable adaptation to the effects of climate change such as sea-level rises.

Stuart Warrington, from the National Trust, said: "This European money will give a great boost to the work of both conservation charities, on these internationally important nature reserves.

"The effects of all this work will be closely monitored and evaluated to inform future site management plans."

Aaron Howe, from the RSPB, said: "Obtaining the joint EU Life+ grant has provided the us with a fantastic opportunity to undertake valuable habitat enhancement work on one of the RSPB's oldest nature reserves.

"This work will enhance both the habitat for the species found on the reserve and the experience offered to the visiting public."

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