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£1 million wetland to be created on the Norfolk Broads

The newly purchased land sits alongside Breydon Water and Berney Marshes Credit: RSPB

A new one million pound wetland will be built in the Norfolk Broads over the next few years.

An area the size of 100 football pitches will be created to home vulnerable birds and wildlife.

The new wetland will provide suitable breeding conditions for wading birds such as lapwings, avocets, redshanks and yellow wagtails. It will also provide a feeding ground for thousands of migrant birds looking to refuel after a long flight.

The RSPB says the project will help create homes for new species as they move to the Broads.

"Wildlife needs space to roam, and this new area of nature reserve will create a vital stepping stone for our wild residents to make a home in other parts of the Broads and provide a feeding ground for thousands of migrant birds looking to refuel after a long flight.

Through this work we are looking forward to continuing on the area's legacy as a crucial safe haven for some of the UK's most vulnerable birds and wildlife."

– Mark Smart, RSPB

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Woman dies after falling from boat on Broads

A woman who fell from a hire boat on the Norfolk Broads has died in hospital.

The woman, who was in her seventies, fell into the water near Potter Heigham yesterday afternoon. She was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, where she died this afternoon. Her next of kin have been informed.

Norfolk Police say that they are preparing a report for the Coroner, but that at this stage they believe the fall was a tragic accident.

Woman falls from boat on Norfolk Broads

An elderly woman is in a serious condition in hospital after falling into the water on the Norfolk Broads.

Police at the scene near Potter Heigham Credit: ITV News Anglia

The woman, who is in her seventies, fell from a hire boat near Heigham Bridge at Potter Heigham yesterday, shortly before 3.30pm.

The police and emergency services were called, and an air ambulance took her to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital where she is still being treated.

Battle to save wetland sites in Norfolk

Conservationists say Catfield Fen and its neighbour Sutton Fen - in the heart of the Norfolk Broads - are drying out because of water abstraction by local farmers.

They are hoping the Environment Agency will not renew their licenses when they come up next week but local farmers say, without water, they could go out of business.

Click below to watch a report by Natalie Gray:

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Princess Anne to visit Norfolk Broads

Princess Anne will visit Norfolk today. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The Princess Royal will visit the Norfolk Broads today.

Princess Anne will be taking part in the Heritage Day celebrations at Potter Heigham marking the 60th anniversary of the death of Broads boating holidays pioneer Herbert Woods.

She will also visit the How Hill Trust at Ludham, HMP Bure at Scottow, and the YMCA Norfolk site at Trowse, near Norwich.

Broads deaths inquest

A coroner's heard how a man strangled his partner before drowning himself on a boating holiday on the Norfolk broads.

Her 13-year-old daughter was left alone with him on the cruiser for almost a week before he committed suicide. Divers recovered the bodies after a hire company raised the alert.

Detectives believe John Didier planned the killing before setting off on holiday from London.

Malcolm Robertson reports...

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