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‘0k granted for wetland reserve development’

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Wirral Council has been granted a substantial £314,000 flood management fund to convert 60 hectares of land into a variety of habitats. The funding will be used to enhance biodiversity at Hoylake Carrs by creating ponds, marshes, woodlands, and more accessible public spaces in collaboration with Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

Councillor Liz Grey, who chairs Wirral Council’s environment committee, emphasized the multiple benefits of the project. She noted that it would not only improve health and educational opportunities but also safeguard a green belt area. Additionally, Cllr Grey highlighted the potential for the project to boost tourism revenue and enhance the well-being of local residents by attracting more visitors to the West Kirby and Hoylake area.

Despite concerns about potential flooding risks, Cllr Grey reassured the public that restoring habitats would actually help reduce the risk of flooding downstream, particularly in areas like Leasowe.

Local birdwatcher Jane Turner expressed enthusiasm for the grant, stating that it would greatly benefit waders and wildfowl in the area. Turner cited examples of the significant bird populations that had previously inhabited the region, emphasizing the importance of preserving wetland habitats to support these species.

Over the next 30 years, Cheshire Wildlife Trust will oversee the management of the site following the initial investment, ensuring sustainability and continuous enhancement of biodiversity. This long-term commitment will contribute to the preservation and promotion of the newly developed wetland nature reserve.

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