*photo credit - Steve Young*
Peel Ports Group, owner of the Port of Liverpool, has contributed £3k towards a programme of works at Seaforth Nature Reserve (SSSI/SPA RAMSAR), which has enabled the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, who manage the site, to access funding from Veolia Landfill Tax Credit Scheme.
Due for completion in 2021, the programme of works totalling £34k will be designed and contracted by the Wildlife Trust, RSPB and Natural England. It will include bird hide improvements and the installation of a low gradient ramped path and steps with a handrail to make it more accessible for wheelchair users, those with mobility issues, and families with prams. It will also include interpretation displays to ensure greater inclusivity and enable visitors to get close to and learn about threatened bird species, without causing an adverse disturbance.
The funding will also help to create new areas of breeding habitat for several breeding species that Seaforth supports - two of which are considered of regional importance and includes the Common Tern and Ringed Plover. Installation of water control options benefitting the entire waterbird assemblage will also be provided, as well as, seating areas for the local community to enjoy.
The nature reserve is an important special protection area and a major roosting site for a wide variety of waders, seabirds, ducks, and small birds.