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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

MP flying to aid of threatened species of bird

13:57Tuesday 07 June 2016

Boston’s MP has been lending his support to a constituent of a different ‘feather’, the iconic and threatened species of bird the redshank.

Matt Warman visited RSPB Frampton Marsh on Friday in his role as ‘species champion’ for the animal .

Mr Warman took on the position as part of a scheme launched earlier this year by a coalition of non-governmental organisations, including the RSPB, to help improve the future of certain at-risk species.

In all, 20 English species currently facing significant threats were identified and put up for ‘adoption’ by MPs.

Mr Warman’s visit to RSPB Frampton Marsh saw him survey the site’s nesting population of redshanks – a species also known as the wardens of the Marsh on account of them giving loud alarm calls at the slightest provocation.

He said: “I have visited Frampton Marsh several times, both before and since being elected, so I was delighted to be asked to become a special champion for the redshank.

“We are very lucky to have the birds in our local area and I enjoyed spotting them during my most recent visit.

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