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New nature reserve to be created at Huttoft

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Work is now underway on a new 40-acre nature reserve at Huttoft Marsh near Mablethorpe.

The area of rough grassland, redundant drains and unmanaged scrubland is being transformed into a coastal grazing marsh, with wetland features, scrapes and undulating sand dunes.

The series of shallow scrapes will create pools and wet grassland, which will attract all kinds of wildfowl and wading birds.

Coun Colin Davie, executive member for the Environment at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “This nature reserve will secure the future of this unique expanse of marshland for generations to come.

“Over the coming years we’ll work with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust to keep investing in the area to create a sanctuary for all kinds of animals, birds and plants. But it’s not just nature we want to bring in. I hope we can also encourage more people to visit our coast to discover what Lincolnshire has to offer.”

To provide opportunities to view wildlife, a perimeter path with viewing screens and a hide will be created.

The path will also link into the existing excellent network of footpaths around the Coastal Country Park area.

To bring the area back into peak condition, the grassland areas will be closely managed and is being overseen by The Wash Warden, Dave Miller.

 

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