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New move to protect rare birds
Stone curlew
The birds are being allocated an extra 325 hectares of land
One of Britain's rarest birds is being given more land in a bid to protect it in Wiltshire.

The chalk downlands of Porton Down contain nationally important numbers of stone curlews - around 20 breeding pairs are found there.

Now the rare birds are being allocated an extra 325 hectares of land in addition to the existing 1,237 hectares Special Protection Area.

It is hope the move will help safeguard the birds' habitat.

Other birds, including the hen harrier, merlin and short-eared owl, should also benefit from the protection on the site.



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