A study has recommended ways to conserve an area that is home to rare wildlife.
The University of East Anglia study revealed that the Fens, including Baston and Thurlby Fens, are home to 25 per cent of Britain’s rarest wildlife.
Research found evidence of 13,474 species across a 1,470 square mile area spanning Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Researchers recommended a number of ways to conserve wildlife in the area.
Chris Panter, from the University of East Anglia, said: “Our study provides vital evidence to support current restoration to help secure this important biodiversity for the future.
“This study gives an understanding of the ecological requirements of hundreds of rare species so that conservation can be cost effective.”
Mark Tarttelin, from the South Lincolnshire Fens Project, added: “This work details for the first time the surprising diversity of the wildlife remaining in the Fens and its rare and perilous state.
“We have to act now if we are to protect this for future generations.”