Broads are home to rare plants and animals

The swallowtail butterfly - the UK's largest native butterfly - is only found in three parts of the country

A quarter of the UK’s rarest plants and animals are found in the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads, according to a survey.

The University of East Anglia (UEA) researchers believe it is the highest concentration of such species found in one area, including some that do not appear anywhere else in Britain.

But they also identified more than 60 species now considered extinct.

The findings will be used to help protect wetland habitats that could be vulnerable to future climate changes.

Andrea Kelly, an ecologist with the Broads Authority which manages the wetlands and commissioned the study, said even the experts were surprised at the diversity they found.

“We’ve always known that the Broads is an absolute wildlife hotspot but we were blown away by the amount of species.

“We’ve got over 11,000 species in the Broads and so many of those, over 1,500, are rare – and many of those, if the Broads didn’t exist, wouldn’t be here.

Source: BBC News Read more

The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is Britain's largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway, with the status of a national park

 

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