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RSPB hosts new festival in response to EDF's plans to build nuclear reactor at the edges of a nature reserve

A thousand people attended the event at Minsmere today Photo: ITV Anglia

A thousand people attended a festival today organised by the RSPB in response to EDF's plans to build a nuclear reactor in Suffolk.

Sizewell C will be built on the boundary of the Minsmere Nature Reserve which is home to more than five and a half thousand species of wildlife.

Wading birds at Minsmere Credit: ITV Anglia

The RSPB manages the site and opposes the energy giants plans.

They say building the reactor so close to the nature reserve could threaten the thousands of different species of wildlife that call Minsmere home.

EDF say that the environmental impact of the new site would be kept to a minimum, and argue that new jobs for local people will be provided.

People at the one-off festival Credit: ITV Anglia

Among the visitors supporting the festival today (Sunday, September 15) was television presenter, Bill Turnbull, who lives nearby.

He said:

There's no infrastructure or communications for it here. What is here, is Minsmere - where the RSPB have been trying really hard to get all these birds to come back. And we are going to risk it all just simply because it's a convenient place to build a power station."

– Bill Turnbull, TV Presenter

The public consultation into EDF's proposal for Sizewell C will end on September 27.