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Derbyshire Grass Snake

Each year,  February 2 is World Wetlands Day, when organisations around the world raise awareness of their importance. Heather Turley of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust reports on the latest developments at one wetland reserve, the Avenue Washlands at Wingerworth.

AROUND THE WORLD, rivers, streams, ponds, marshes and lakes provide a lifeline for people – from a source of food and irrigation or navigation to flood defence and erosion control.  They are also vital habitats for wildlife – fish, birds, mammals and insects all find food and sanctuary in the watery world…