A Blackpool nature reserve has secured a £330,000 Lottery grant to make improvements to its visitor centre and bird hides.
The cash will be ploughed into Marton Mere Nature Reserve which is the town’s only Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and is nationally recognised for its bird population.
Otters, dragonflies, butterflies and orchids are among the other important species found there.
Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said: “Securing this funding will help to safeguard, protect and improve Marton Mere for decades to come.
“As well as providing an important habitat for wildlife including rare species, it is also an extremely positive educational and ecological resource for Blackpool.”