Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Watatunga owner Edward Pope.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said a West Norfolk attraction was a “tremendous boost” to the local economy.

The South West Norfolk MP’s comments followed a guided tour at Watatunga Wildlife Reserve at Watlington.

The 170-acre site, which opened in 2020, is dedicated to the conservation of threatened birds, deer and antelope.

“Fantastic to visit Watatunga Wildlife Reserve to see the wide variety of deer, antelope and bird life. Wonderful experience driving through the reserve; the investment in the site is incredibly impressive and is a tremendous boost to the local economy,” said Ms Truss.

“Many visitors from across the country are enjoying Watatunga and it certainly provides for a unique and wonderful day out.”

Watatunga is the brainchild of arable farmer Edward Pope and his wife Anna Hamilton, a former teacher.

The site also offers private self-catered accommodation with picturesque views over the landscape and animals. Visitors are able to hire electric buggies and take a drive-by tour of the facility.

Mr Pope said: “Having opened last year in the middle of the pandemic, it has been really exciting to share our conservation work with visitors and the feedback has been phenomenal.”