Two RSPB wet­land na­ture re­serves to walk with win­ter birds

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Frampton Marsh, Lin­colnshire

A fairly new RSPB re­serve, this wa­tery won­der­land is now a key area for breed­ing and win­ter­ing birds. In­no­va­tive de­sign and man­age­ment of the re­serve’s wet­lands have helped draw in a va­ri­ety of wildlife. In win­ter there are flocks of thou­sands of golden plover, and you may also see a star­ling mur­mu­ra­tion, farm­land birds and nu­mer­ous birds of prey.

Wal­lasea Is­land, Es­sex

The Wal­lasea Is­land Wild Coast Project has recre­ated fan­tas­tic habi­tats for wildlife and re­duced the risk of lo­cal flood­ing. Once farm­land ly­ing be­low sea level, the is­land was in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to de­fend from ris­ing sea lev­els. Us­ing over three mil­lion tonnes of soil from tun­nels of the Cross­rail project, the RSPB raised the level of the land and then breached the sea de­fences to cre­ate a mo­saic of habi­tats, per­fect for brent geese, dun­lin and avo­cet.

Find out more about RSPB na­ture re­serves at rspb.org. uk/re­serves

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