Na­ture re­serve doubles in size

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An RSPB na­ture re­serve has taken an­other step to­wards be­com­ing the largest of its kind in the UK. Con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als firm Han­son has handed over nearly 100 hectares of land to the RSPB re­serve at Ouse Fen, Cambridgeshire, ef­fec­tively dou­bling the size of the re­serve, and set­ting the re­serve on track to be­come the UK’S largest cre­ated reedbed. This is the lat­est de­vel­op­ment in the ground break­ing 30-year part­ner­ship project between Han­son and the RSPB, which has al­ready pro­vided a life­line for en­dan­gered Bit­terns. Over the next 15 years, the re­serve is ex­pected to grow to more than three times its cur­rent size, thanks to the do­na­tion by Han­son of fur­ther parcels of land once sand and gravel ex­trac­tion has been com­pleted, mak­ing this Europe’s largest planned con­ser­va­tion and restora­tion project of its type.

218 hectares, just over 200 foot­ball pitches; the size of the re­serve in­clud­ing the new land

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