Wallasea Island coastal wetland restoration
Contact detailsOrganisation: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
PartnersRSPB, Crossrail, Environment Agency, Defra
Project descriptionSoil 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.