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Grant is a 'lifeline' for lapwings at Middleton Lakes

Image caption The money will be used to restore and recreate the bird's habitat

A nature reserve has received a £400,000 grant to help encourage breeding lapwings back to the area.

The RSPB said they were once widespread across the region but there had been a "dramatic decline" because of a reduction in habitat.

It will restore and recreate areas of grazing marsh at Middleton Lakes on the Staffordshire-Warwickshire border near Tamworth.

The charity said the project would provide a "lifeline" for the birds.

It said the work to provide 20 hectares of floodplain grazing marsh would give the birds a chance to breed successfully and reverse the decline in their populations.

The project was "essential to the safe future" of lapwings in the West Midlands, the RSPB added.

The £406,000 funding for the RSPB reserve has been awarded by the not-for-profit Viridor Credits Environmental Company which distributes money raised from the Landfill Communities Fund.

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