It is a wetland reserve of such importance to British nature that it became the home to BBC’s Springwatch series for three years running. But now Minsmere, a 2,500-acre Royal Society for the Protection of Birds site, is under threat from catastrophic plans by French energy firm EDF to build a new nuclear power station on the beauty spot near the Suffolk coast. It plays such a significant part in Britain’s conservation efforts, and is credited with bringing back the avocet to British shores. One hundred years ago there were no sightings until they returned here in 1947. Now there are 90 breeding pairs. Each autumn, it is also one of the best spots in the country to witness a spectacular starling murmuration, when tens of thousands of the birds perform an aerial ballet before settling down to roost.
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