Straddling the historical Manchester Ship Canal, we are 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 wetland “cells”.
The cells will then be managed by controlling water levels in a rotational manner, mimicking the historic usage. 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 refuge for the large populations of birds which use and inhabit this site.