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£200,000 appeal to extend Suffolk nature reserve

An appeal has been launched to buy 77 acres of land to extend a nature reserve in Suffolk - famous for kingfishers.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is hoping it can raise the £200,000 needed in time to mark the 30th birthday of Lackford Lakes near Bury St Edmunds later this month.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust wants to extend the reserve by 77 acres. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The land hasn't been cultivated for 25 years and so it is gradually returning to Breckland heath which makes it attractive to ground nesting birds like the rare stone curlew and skylarks.

Breck heathland is one of the most threatened habitats in this part of East Anglia so conserving this area is going to be particularly important in this instance.

– Steve Aylward, Suffolk Wildlife Trust