DURING spring time, Wrabness Nature Reserve transforms into a haven for a broad range of birds, wild flowers and often reclusive English wildlife.

The reserve nestles on the banks of the Stour estuary and offers panoramic views from the water’s edge of the Suffolk coast.

The 24-hectare reserve boasts a variety of landscapes along its paths including grassland, woodland, scrubland and beaches.

The popular reserve, is now waiting to find out if it will be part of the landscape awarded a long-awaited beauty title.

Natural England has made a formal request to the Environment Secretary for the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to be extended to include Wrabness.

The move came after a period of consultation, and has long been supported by both Tendring Council and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty management team.

If accepted into the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it will allow farmers and landowners access to grants to help conserve and enhance the area.

But Carlo Guglielmi, Tendring Council’s deputy leader, who has been leading on the project, said no decision has been made just yet by the Government.

He said: “We are hoping to find out soon, but don’t expect anything just yet.”

To find out more visit essexwt.org.uk/nature-reserves/wrabness.