New bird reserve planned for Fens

Farmland could be turned into fen to create new habitat for over wintering waterfowl.The Environment Agency has applied to convert 50 acres of land formerly owned by Norfolk County Council at Lady Fen, south of Hundred Foot Bank, into wet grassland.

Farmland could be turned into fen to create new habitat for over-wintering waterfowl.

The Environment Agency has applied to convert 50 acres of land formerly owned by Norfolk County Council at Lady Fen, south of Hundred Foot Bank, near Welney, into wet grassland.

The plan involves putting a giant liner under part of the site, to retain water. Parts of the land will also be sown with plants and herbs suitable for widgeon to graze and a pool will be provided for the birds.

An access statement accompanying a planning application to West Norfolk Council says the public will not be permitted on the site but parts of it will be visible from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust's visitor centre.

The project is one of a number aimed at replacing habitats in the Fens and further afield which are at risk from increased flooding. Thousands of waders lost their eggs early this summer when the washes flooded.

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