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Broads identified as rare wildlife hotspot

Posted 28 November 2011
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Broads identified as rare wildlife hotspot
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Those who like to go walking in the Norfolk Broads can be treated to the sight of some of Britain's rarest creatures, new research has revealed.

A University of East Anglia study conducted for the Broads Authority has shown that a quarter of the country's rarest species live in the area, despite it making up just 0.4 per cent of the UK's land area.

There are 66 species found nowhere else in Britain and a further 31 rarely encountered elsewhere.

It means those heading out with their backpacks could be in for a wildlife-spotting treat.

The Broads Authority's senior ecologist Andrea Kelly said: "This is a significant piece of research which has thrown up an amazing amount of wildlife in such a small space, much more than was previously realised."

She said a key reason for the biodiversity was the large quantity of water in the area, as well as the environment created by human action such as peat-cutting.

Given the equivalent status to a national park in 1989, the Broads covers 305 sq km and includes 2.7 km of coastline.