Here's an excerpt from an embargoed RSPB story, via the Press Association, and released today (Tuesday), concerning the plans for flooding Hesketh Out Marsh.
The cunning plan to attract the entire world population of Wigeon to the Ribble in winter proceeds at a pace...
But if there's going to be this much more marsh (which is a good thing), can we PLEASE have bushes and pools in the former Sandplant Compound when the place shuts?????
"Thousands of wintering birds are set to benefit from the creation of a huge wetland along the Ribble estuary in Lancashire.
The RSPB will start work in March to re-flood 170 hectares of farmland at Hesketh Out Marsh, which was reclaimed from the sea 25 years ago.
The result will be a mix of saltmarsh, saline lagoons and muddy creeks, providing a wetland haven for wintering birds such as black-tailed godwits, dunlins, avocets, redshanks and wigeons.
Sea level rises mean the UKÃ¢ÂÂs saltmarsh is vanishing at the rate of 100 hectares a year.
As well as helping to replace this lost habitat, it is hoped the marsh at Hesketh will also act as a natural flood defence.
The land was bought thanks to funding from the Environment Agency and the Northwest Regional Development Agency through the Lancashire Rural Recovery Action Plan.
It will eventually become one of the RSPBÃ¢ÂÂs Ribble Estuary nature reserves and part of the proposed Ribble Estuary Regional Park. "
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....