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A BEAUTY spot in Portsmouth is being given a facelift offering visitors all-new facilities.

Farlington Marshes’ car park and entrance is being revamped to include resurfaced parking areas and driveways, newly marked-out parking spaces, new bollard, bins and drainage channels.

The makeover to the nature reserve is being funded by Highways England, which manages the entrance to the Wildlife Trust-managed site.

Chris Lycett, reserves officer at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust said: ‘Thanks to Highways England, the thousands of birders, walkers and wildlife enthusiasts who visit the reserve every year will get a much better welcome.

‘This will allow much easier access, just in time for spring to see our winter waders and wildfowl leave, and summer migrants return to this very special site.’

The 125-hectare (309-acre) site is one of the trust’s oldest wildlife reserves.

Boasting several pools – both freshwater and brackish – and a broad stream which provide feeding and roosting sites for waders and wildfowl, the coastal grazing marsh and lagoon is home to a number of animals, including Brent geese, skylarks and lapwings.

For more details on the reserve, see hiwwt.org.uk/reserves/farlington-marshes