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New nature reserve opens at Chester Zoo

The reserve is a haven for Kingfishers and other wildlife Credit: Chester Zoo

A new nature reserve at Chester Zoo is opening to the public.

The site is already a haven for wildlife such as kingfishers, otters and hedgehogs.

The Zoo says it hopes that the area will develop further as plants and wildflowers begin to flourish.

Staff hope its sixty thousand square metres will now attract further species to the space.

This area was formerly used for agriculture, but over the past two years we have been carefully restoring it to allow nature to move in and thrive. It now comprises wildflower meadows, ponds,beetle banks, log piles, trees and a reedbed, with a hide for viewing the wildlife.

Linking into the strip of wetland along the canal, the reserve provides a new wildlife refuge at the zoo, and creates a corridor of habitat allowing species to move through the landscape when they need to.

– Sarah Bird, Chester Zoo

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