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Bid to improve marshes

PUBLISHED: 11:06 18 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:36 06 July 2010

Extensive work is under way to join Carlton, Oulton and Camps Heath marshes in the Lowestoft area.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust has been buying plots of the marshes under the Suffolk Broads Living Landscape project in a bid to improve the sites.

Extensive work is under way to join Carlton, Oulton and Camps Heath marshes in the Lowestoft area.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust has been buying plots of the marshes under the Suffolk Broads Living Landscape project in a bid to improve the sites.

Together with local farmers, the Broads Authority and Broads Environmental Services Ltd, the trust has been re-profiling dykes in Oulton by widening and making edges for wading birds and water voles, while creating flashings of water to attract water birds.

The river wall has also been moved back 20-30 metres, with reeds planted and the wall heightened in places to prevent flooding. The new marshes will be converted to species-rich grazing marsh, with the grazing of cattle continued.

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