Wallasea Island Wild Coast project

This July, sections of the sea wall at Wallasea Island in Essex were breached as part of a project to recreate more than seven square kilometres of rare coastal habitats. These are to compensate for habitat lost for development and rising sea levels due to climate change. It’s one of the RSPB’s most ambitious ventures to date and has been made possible with the help of three million tons of clean soils from one of its key partners, Crossrail, who are building London’s new railway. For Nature’s Voice this month Jane Markham was given a guided tour of the reserve by the RSPB’s project manager, Chris Tyas, to see how the new saline lagoons and mud flats are shaping up.

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