Straddling the historical Manchester Ship Canal, the Woolston Eyes Project focuses on developing a new dynamic wetland within a working dredging site. New habitats will be created - including two new wetland lagoons—resulting in a total of four wetlands “cells”.
The cells will then be managed by controlling water levels in a rotational manner that mimics the historic usage of the site by Manchester Ship Canal Company. Each cell will be operating at one of the different stages of the lifecycle of a wetland, thus creating a site rich in habitat diversity, including scrub, willow, wet scrub woodland, reed-beds and open water.
Taking such an innovative approach to wetland creation and management will ensure the long term sustainability of these wetlands, and provide a long term refuge for the large populations of birds which use and inhabit this site.
- 40 hectares of dynamic wetland
- 2 wetland lagoons
- 2 new hides created
- 2 existing hide refurbished
- Site signage
- Improved visitor trails and access