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Wallasea Island coastal wetland restoration

Location
County: Essex
Contact details
Organisation: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/w/wallaseaisland/
Partners
RSPB, Crossrail, Environment Agency, Defra
Project description
Soil dug out for London's Crossrail project is being used to create Europe's biggest artificial nature reserve at Wallasea Island. The island is currently (2012) two metres below sea level at high tide, with a one in five risk of annual catastrophic flooding. There are some 1,000 ha of saltmarsh around the island and this is currently at risk. The new reserve will add 670 ha of wetland and help to protect other saltmarshes on the Essex coast. This is a major engineering project and completion is expected in 2019. Public access is available via the sea wall. For further information see RSPB's Wallasea Island Wild Coast web pages.


Page last modified on Monday 10 of December, 2012 13:25:09 GMT