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Morecambe prom

Posted by Jeff Butcher 
Morecambe prom
May 14, 2015 10:01PM
The discussion about the development around Eric statue says that English Nature has ordered that work must be completed by September to avoid disturbing wintering birds.
What wintering birds would be disturbed there?
It seems crazy to me that a seaside resort digs up the seafront in summer to avoid disturbing birds which are not there in the winter.
Did anyone consult LDBWS?
Jeff
Re: Morecambe prom
May 28, 2015 11:27AM
Hi Jeff

I've been away so didn't see this posting. As I understand it from a quick google of the information, part of the seafront works consists of improving the sea defences as well as improving the promenade and this would certainly impact wintering birds roosting and feeding nearby. The shore, as you know, is a Special Protection Area (SPA) for its wintering birds and is afforded extra protection under Wildlife Law/EU directives (at the moment, anyway - see Jon Carter's posting) to keep it like that. In winter at high tide the birds roost on the nearby (c250m away) groynes and slipways and they feed and sub-roost on the muddy/stony areas of shore less than 100m from the Eric statue.

I don't know if LDBWS was consulted and I, personally, didn't know about it.

These decisions aren't made lightly, especially at a resort like Morecambe, and, again, from a quick look at the info connected with the Morecambe Bay Action Plan, all statutory bodies and relevant NGO's were consulted so that the development complies with all regulations.

Jean
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