The Great Fen Project was visited by The One Show’s wildlife reporter Mike Dilger to mark a significant donation to The Wildlife Trust scheme.

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary by giving donations to 15 organisations totalling more than £5million – including one for £300,000 to the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

The BBC reporter thanked the foundation on behalf of the trust when he visited on Saturday (June 9). The money will be used to buy land, create new wildlife habitats and improve biodiversity at the Great Fen Project, which is creating a fenland nature reserve between Huntingdon and Peterborough.

A spokesman for The Wildlife Trust said: “The donation came out of the blue and is an added bonus to our plans as the donation is specifically for the Great Fen.

“Mike Dilger had a brilliant time and was in his element – he wanted to stay all day. He managed to see several scarce chaser dragonflies, which are very rare.”

Mr Dilger said: “It’s great to see so many volunteers take part in the Great Fen – they are the lifeblood of the organisation.”

The Esmée Foundation was set up in 1961 by Ian Fairbairn to promote prosperity and commemorate his wife who was prominent in the formation of the Citzens Advice Bureau.