MORE than £100,000 is set to be invested in improving a Hampshire nature reserve and lakes.

Working with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Eastleigh Borough Council is set to carry out the works at Flexford Nature Reserve and Hiltingbury Lakes in Chandler’s Ford.

The £110,000 improvements will see footpath surfaces reinstated and improved across the area, with new interpretation and information panels also due to be put in.

Signage will be revamped with information about the history of the site including the animals and plants.

This is in a bid to increase biodiversity in the area and save hundreds of trees with exposed roots and protect the river banks.

This summer further drainage and surfacing work will be carried out to footpaths around the lower ponds, particularly the western side, where the paths can be muddy, to help ensure the whole site is safe and accessible.

Council Leader Councillor Keith House said: “We’re really pleased with the latest work that’s taken place at Hiltingbury Lakes, the improvements to the new bridge and fences around the lakes have made a big difference in the overall look of the area and I’m sure it will help attract more visitors in the future.

“Flexford Nature Reserve and Hiltingbury Lakes are both places where local people go to enjoy the natural environment, walk their dogs and improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

"Developing green infrastructure will help improve accessibility for all users, provide increased access to a valued local green space and provide a more attractive environment.”