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Huge new wildlife reserve

Millions of tonnes of earth from the construction of new rail tunnels are being used to create a huge wetland nature reserve in Essex which will be the largest of its kind in Europe.

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Operation starts building new Essex nature reserve

The first load of soil has arrived at Wallasea Island, Essex to start the creation of Europe's largest coastal nature reserve. Credit: Kate Prout / ITV Anglia

The first load of soil has arrived from London at an Essex island to start the creation of Europe's largest coastal nature reserve.

Four and a half million tonnes is being excavated from beneath the capital to create a rail link between Heathrow and Shenfield in Essex and the earth is being used to bolster Wallasea island near Southend to create a haven for hundreds of thousands of birds

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