It was great to see the Hanson-RSPB Wetland project at RSPB Ouse Fen/Needingworth quarry in Cambridgeshire featured on the BBC Countryfile programme on Sunday 11 February, helping the wider public to get a better understanding of the potential for nature-restored quarries to deliver benefits for the natural environment and people.
The RSPB and Hanson are half way through a 30 year partnership to progressively restore this site for nature and ultimately create the UK’s largest reedbed, alongside other priority habitats.
Restoration work so far has already resulted in up to 10 booming bitterns being heard on the site, almost as many as were recorded for the UK as a whole back in the late 1990s, when this still-threatened species was in even more dire straits. Other wetland specialist species also benefiting from the habitat creation and management work at Ouse Fen include bearded tit, otter, marsh harrier and water vole, alongside many other species requiring protection.
Located some 20 miles north of the centre of Cambridge, the site will, in time, also provide some 32 kilometres of public access paths to provide a welcome sanctuary for local communities to re-connect with nature close to where they live.
Full details on the Hanson-RSPB Wetland Project at Needingworth quarry/RSPB Ouse Fen are available as a Case Study elsewhere in our website here.
If you missed the programme, you can view it on BBC iPlayer.
Ouse Fen and the wider project is featured at the beginning and end of the programme.
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