Tame Valley Wetland conservation project given £1.8m boost

Tame Valley Image copyright JOHN BALL
Image caption The wetlands extend along a 30km stretch of the River Tame

A project to improve wetland areas in the West Midlands has been given £1.8m by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

About 50 hectares (124 acres) of the Tame Valley Wetland and its Grade II-listed structures, are being enhanced.

The project will also include the development of cycle and footpaths between Birmingham and Tamworth.

The work will be carried out by the Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership, led by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

Scheme manager, Tim Haselden, said he hoped the £2.5m project would create a "vital asset for the community and local economy".

"Our work will help to restore and reconnect this fragmented and threatened landscape, by creating new wildlife habitats," he said.

Image copyright Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Image caption The project will improve footpaths, cycle routes and bridleways

The wetlands extend along a 30km (18 mile) stretch of the River Tame; from Coleshill, in Birmingham, up to Tamworth, in Staffordshire.

Image copyright Kate Sugden
Image caption The 200-year-old Drayton Turret Footbridge was improved in the project

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