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Wildlife will populate new nature reserve in two years

A new nature reserve in Selsey is about to be created.

The final stages of a multi-million-pound coastal protection scheme will allow the sea to gently flow into a new area at Medmerry. The area, over time, will develop into a saltmarsh habitat for wildlife such as birds, water voles and reptiles.

The site is designed to help replace important wildlife habitats which have been lost around the Solent. Depending on weather, the work is set to begin on Wednesday.

Wildlife will begin to populate the area over the next couple of years.

Friends and family to remember Sir Patrick Moore

Sir Patrick Moore died aged 89, last December Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Archive

A memorial to Sir Patrick Moore is due to be held this evening on what would have been his 90th birthday. The astronomer and broadcaster died at the age of 89, last December, in West Sussex.

Despite his international reputation, Sir Patrick made his home in Selsey where he became involved with local community matters.