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A MUSEUM has been given funding to help bird watchers after growing numbers have flocked to its grounds.

Explosion!, the Museum of Naval Firepower, in Heritage Way, Priddy’s Hard, Gosport, has received £1,000 from The Crown Estate.

The cash is going toward a bird watching information point in the museum’s historic harbour grounds.

It was a joint project by the two organisations, and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

An interpretation panel will help identify rare wading birds as well as flora and fauna in the historic Camber Basin, just outside the museum on the edge of Portsmouth Harbour.

The Grade II listed basin is owned by The Crown Estate.

Ships loaded gunpowder from it in the 18th century.

But today it is a haven for birds, including oystercatchers and little egrets.

Marc Farrance, visitor services officer at the museum, said: ‘The coffee shop’s waterside location means it has now become a prime spot for bird watchers.’