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MPA Restoration and Biodiversity Awards 2013


Branton Nature Conservation Area

Location: Northumberland


Progressive restoration at Branton has provided a golden opportunity to complete the transition from intensively managed farmland into an aquatic landscape of high biodiversity value. Consultation with Northumberland County Council, the local Wildlife Trust and the River Tweed Commissioner has resulted in creation of grazed grassland, shingle beds and scrapes for bird nesting, plus areas of standing water.

The rough grassland is ideal for damselflies, small mammals and barn owls, while drier areas support bees, butterflies, moths and other invertebrates. The site even includes a special nature area for the local primary school

Species benefitting include: adder, lapwing, brown hare, common toad, otter, wall butterfly, small heath butterfly, black-tailed godwit and brent goose.

'Realising the Potential...Progress and Partnership' – Biodiversity and The Mineral Products Association.

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