MP flying to aid of threatened species of bird

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Boston’s MP has been lending his support to a constituent of a different ‘feather’, the iconic and threatened species of bird the redshank.

Matt Warman visited RSPB Frampton Marsh on Friday in his role as ‘species champion’ for the animal.

Mr Warman took on the position as part of a scheme launched earlier this year by a coalition of non-governmental organisations, including the RSPB, to help improve the future of certain at-risk species.

In all, 20 English species currently facing significant threats were identified and put up for ‘adoption’ by MPs.

Mr Warman’s visit to RSPB Frampton Marsh saw him survey the site’s nesting population of redshanks – a species also known as the wardens of the Marsh on account of them giving loud alarm calls at the slightest provocation.

He said: “I have visited Frampton Marsh several times, both before and since being elected, so I was delighted to be asked to become a special champion for the redshank.

“We are very lucky to have the birds in our local area and I enjoyed spotting them during my most recent visit.

“Numbers of redshank are lower than they have been in the past, so I look forward to working with the RSPB and with other MPs who are species champions in Westminster.

“As the scheme progresses, I hope to help to raise awareness of iconic and threatened species across the UK and see what more I can do to help nature in my constituency.”

John Badley, senior site manager for the RSPB’s Lincolnshire Wash Reserves, said: “Here at Frampton, we are one of the best places in the country for this iconic bird, the warden of the Marsh.

“We look forward to working with Matt, helping promote the interests of redshanks across the rest of the UK, and in reversing their recent decline.”