The RSPB, due to £1 million of funding, has recently purchased an area of land around the size of 100 football pitches in the Norfolk Broads National Park.

If you buy holiday homes at one of our holiday parks in Norfolk or Suffolk, we recommend you take a trip to the Broads to see the range of wading birds, migrating birds and more when bird watching, take a boat ride through the water ways or walk the paths through the marshes.

The money was donated by WREN, a non-profit organisation which helps to transform old rubbish dumps to environmentally friendly landscapes, via the Landfill Tax. The RSPB plans to transform the land into a new wetland reserve for vulnerable wildlife.

The purchased land sits along Berney Marshes and Breydon Water which are places also managed as nature reserves by the RSPB.

The new wetland nature reserve will create quality coastal and floodplain grazing marsh and a wildlife habitat for wading birds. Britain has very few grazing marshes and wildlife habitats are also under threat from human activity and sea level rise.

The RSPB will be turning the newly purchased wetland into an area that will be rich in wildlife, over the next few years. By creating carefully designed scrapes and shallow pools, the new features will be good breeding places for wading birds. The area will also be a staging post for birds moving around the Broads, or stopping off when flying north or south.

The new site will also be a great location for other wildlife like brown hares and water voles as well as many marsh plants.  

Mark Smart, the RSPB site manager for the neighbouring nature reserves, said: “Here in the Broads, we are guardians of some very special places for wildlife. Thanks to WREN funding, this project will complement the work we are already doing, alongside partners and local landowners, to create a home for wildlife across the whole of the broads.”

“Wildlife needs space to roam and this new area of nature reserve will create a vital stepping stone for our wild residents to make a home in other parts of the Broads, and provide a feeding ground for thousands of migrant birds looking to refuel after a long flight. Through this work, we are looking forward to continuing the area’s legacy as a crucial safe haven for some of the UK’s most vulnerable birds and wildlife.”

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