New scheme to help river’s wildlife launched

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SECTIONS of the River Nene near Daventry have been included in a new ‘nature improvement area’ (NIA).

The step by Natural England and the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced the Nene Valley NIA on Monday.

The scheme covers the Nene and many of its tributaries from Newnham and Welton through to Peterborough. It also includes streams near the Bramptons, Brixworth and Naseby; in all covering 41,350 hectares.

The project is one of 13 that will get a share of £7.5 million. It will tackle the decline in the number of native species along the river, and problems in the area’s ecology.

Dave Webster, acting chief executive for Natural England, said: “Nature Improvement Areas are about people and wildlife and they present a real opportunity for local groups to join up nature conservation at a landscape scale. Local NIA partnerships have put in a huge amount of work and their proposals demonstrate the enormous commitment from communities to make a positive difference to their local environments. I am genuinely excited at the role Natural England now has to play in helping deliver these ground-breaking proposals”.