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When the Environment Minister visited the Solent

Back in September, Havant Borough Council announced that a brand new nature reserve would be created just outside of the town centre.  Great news for our birds and wildlife and great news for housebuilding too! It is now in place as a response to the nitrates pollution matter that has been hampering development in our area.

To commemorate this announcement the district was visited by some key players in the environmental sector; Rebecca Pow - the Environment Minister (centre picture), Tony Juniper - Natural England's Chair (click to expand the picture) and both the Bird Aware Lead Ranger and Partnership Manager!

The new nature reserve is on the site of an historic farm covering 148 acres (60 hectares) and is called 'Warblington Farm'.  The seaside site will enhance the borough's internationally important coastline and we hope it will be a haven for overwintering waders, summer breeders and lots of other wildlife and invertebrates. It will also help to mitigate against rising nutrient levels across the area.

On the visit, Environment Minister Pow, said: 'I am thrilled to announce this funding which uses nature-based solutions to alleviate the housing pressure in the local area. Not only will this innovative scheme unlock thousands of much-needed homes for the local area, but it will provide habitat rich areas for wildlife in a true win-win.'

The site is a fantastic addition to the region and also shows the success we have experienced with Solent Growth Deal funding supported through the Solent LEP.