World Environment Day 2013: 'RSPB Wallasea Island Coast Project', Chris Tyas


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'RSPB Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project', World Environment Day 2013 seminar by Chris Tyas Wallasea Island Project Manager, RSPB.The event is part of the University of Southampton's Multidisciplinary Seminar Series and is jointly organised by the Multidisciplinary Sustainability Science at Southampton (SSS) Group and the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI).

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World Environment Day 2013: 'RSPB Wallasea Island Coast Project', Chris Tyas

  1. 1. Multidisciplinary Research Seminar SeriesOrganised by Sustainability Science at Southampton (SSS) & the SouthamptonMarine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) Environment Day SeminarRSPB Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project:Conservation for the 21st Centuryby Chris Tyas Wallasea Island Project Manager, RSPBShare your experience: @SustainScience @RSPB_SouthEast #WED2013Stay in the loop- email:
  2. 2. Wallasea Island Wild Coast ProjectChris Tyas - Wallasea Island Project Manager
  3. 3. Summary of presentationIntroduction to the Wallasea Island Wild CoastProjectHistory, creation and management of AllfleetsMarsh (Defra Site)Update on work carried out to date onWild Coast Project and a forward look
  4. 4. 700ha - 28 million tonnes
  5. 5. The Hanson-RSPB wetland project -creating Britain’s biggest reedbed
  6. 6. Managing a changing coastThreats of sea level rise and climate change –keeping pace with losses (30,000ha by 2050)Developing technical solutionsBuilding public understanding and support
  7. 7. Coastal Habitat RestorationNigg Bay and Freiston Shore
  8. 8. Wallasea Island Wild Coast ProjectFour main aims:To create new intertidal habitats to compensate for losses in theCrouch/Roach Estuaries and to offset historic losses of coastal BAPhabitats and species in the UKTo avoid the flood damage risks to the Crouch/Roach Estuaries andWallasea Island that exist from a future unmanaged breach of theexisting seawallsTo create an extensive area of accessible coastal land for the quietenjoyment of nature and open space, reconnecting people with theircoastal heritageTo demonstrate through a large-scale practical example adaptationto climate change and sea level rise on the coast.Europe’s largest inter-tidalhabitat creation project
  9. 9. Margarethe Kog
  10. 10. WallaseaAllfleets Marsh
  11. 11. Saltmarshcreation
  12. 12. Saltmarsh developmentAugust 2008October 2007May 2006
  13. 13. Allfleets Marsh – progress to-dateDeveloping very wellBehaving as predictedNet importer of sediments – 2”/annumExcellent bird populationsHit bird targets in Year V – 200%!93 species of bird recorded using the sitePeak of 12,371 waterfowl cf 34,232 forCrouch/Roach system
  14. 14. 205 Avocets
  15. 15. 1592 Dunlin
  16. 16. 2689 Lapwing
  17. 17. RSPB Wallasea IslandWild Coast Project
  18. 18. 744ha arable/saltmarsh
  19. 19. Recent historyStarted talking to Wallasea Farms in 2000Allfleets Marsh site managers since March 2007750k on studies etc11 million m3 down to 2 million m3Option to buy announced Oct 2007RTE (Regulated Tidal Exchange)Crossrail – Nov 2008Managed realignment
  20. 20. Crossrail Route
  22. 22. Excavated Material – Central Section (Tonnes)Westbourne Park- WesternTunnelling SiteNorthfleet- 1.7M TWallasea Island- 4.5M TBarkingRiverside- 1.5M TLimmo - EasternTunnelling Site- 1.3M TOtherStations &ShaftsPAD/BOS/TCRBoxesBy TunnelconveyorEarly Material- Elsewhere byroad - 0.6M TDrive Z – PML- 0.5M TProbably by railThames Tunnel- 0.6M T
  23. 23. Summary of ProjectCreating a new accessible coastal landscape close to ThamesGatewayImporting 7.5 million m3 of inert fill by sea from Crossrailand others reducing water flow on/off to two million m3Fill placed to produce ground heights required for therange of habitats – mudflat, saltmarsh, saline lagoon andbrackish marsh/pastureSite built up in cells – each with own sea defencesVisitor centre, five bird hides and 15km new pathsSustainable solution for estuary
  24. 24. ConsentsPlanning permission – Essex County CouncilLand drainage consent x 2 – Environment Agency (EA)Discharge consent / Abstraction License exemption – EAEnvironment Permit (Waste Management License) - EAProtected species – Natural EnglandFootpath closure – Rochford District CouncilFEPA / Coast Protection Act x 3 – Marine & FisheriesAgencyCrouch Harbour Authority Works Licenses x 5Crown Estates commissioners
  25. 25. LicensesSection 106 agreement - ECCDefra site access licenseUK Power Networks - power cable relocation easementEnvironment Agency - partnershipLand dealCrossrail license
  26. 26. Enabling worksCompleted in July-September 2009Phase I of water vole mitigationConveyor belt access bank constructionWorks completed on 26th September – ahead of time andunder budget
  27. 27. Recent and next?Unloading facility – work started in mid-August 2011 –completed July 2012First material to site 22 August 2012Formal project launch 17 SeptemberBreaching of Cell 1 scheduled for 2015Phased addition of visitor facilities – difficult to beprecise on timingsCurrent project end date 2019
  28. 28. Badger sett plan
  29. 29. Badger sett plan
  30. 30. Badger sett plan
  31. 31. Badger sett plan
  32. 32. Badger sett plan
  33. 33. Public EngagementConsultation eventsTalks to interest groupsSite visits for key stakeholdersEventsNews updatesLocal liaison group
  34. 34. Nature ReserveCurrent planning permission includes hides, paths andcar parks but excludes visitor centreBest guess 30-50,000 visitorsPromote access from BurnhamWilderness experience aimed at local people, families,community groups and tourists
  35. 35. World Environment Day SeminarFull details & blog available on the Sustainability Sciencewebsite: Connected: @SustainScience @RSPB_SouthEast #WED2013Stay in the loop- email: