Birds' charity launches fens haven project

Bird conservationists have unveiled plans to recreate 5,000ha of traditional East Anglian fenland.

Launching the charity's strategy for the fens last week, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) chief executive Graham Wynn said that the aim of the project is to reverse the loss of wetland as a result of drainage.

The wetlands are designed to create habitats for birds that have disappeared from the fens like the crane, the spoonbill and rare wintering wildfowl and wading birds like lapwings and snipe.

RSPB planning director Mark Southgate urged East Anglian planners to emphasise encouraging the conversion of land from agricultural to nature conservation uses when shaping the new regional spatial strategy.

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