Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s vision for a vast new nature reserve in the Broads will become reality following a decision by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to award £4,063,000. The support will enable the Trust to complete the purchase of 348 acres of land surrounding Carlton Marshes nature reserve and create a 1,000 acre wild landscape that will become a gateway to the Broads National Park.
The grant is one of the largest ever given to a Wildlife Trust and will enable the biggest wetland creation in the Broads for a decade. Suffolk Wildlife Trust hopes it will become a National Nature Reserve in the next five years – reflecting its ecological importance as well as its social and cultural impact. Rare wildlife will get a boost from the restoration and Share Marsh, where the extremely rare American bittern was spotted last week, will be saved for posterity.