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VOLUNTEERS are needed to help protect an important habitat for wildlife.

A new conversation project is starting at Hazleton Common, a 40-acre nature reserve in Horndean.

The site is home to common lizards and slow worms, dragonflies, and birds such as green woodpeckers, kestrels and sparrowhawks.

The common also has a diverse range of native flowers growing on it, including heather, an important feature of lowland heath habitat.

BTCV, a leading conservation charity, is working with Horndean Parish Council to help improve the site and throughout January and February volunteers are needed to help clear scrub.

Katy Roberts, from the charity, said: ‘Without human intervention heathland is easily lost to the spread of scrub and trees. It is estimated that over 80 per cent of Britain’s lowland heathland has been lost in the past 200 years. Projects like this one are vital to conserve existing heath.’

For further information call 02380 402 593 or email katy.roberts@btcv.org.uk.