The RSPB is working in partnership with Boskalis Westminster (one of the most experienced dredging and marine contracting companies in the UK) to enhance the ecology of RSPB Cliffe Pools. A joint planning application has been submitted to Medway Council so we can import suitable material to shallow the pools so they are more attractive to the internationally important wildlife that uses the site. We have been doing this for some years in the northern lagoons. The application includes the creation of new landscape features to enhance the ecosystem, and the installation of pipes and sluices to manage water levels and flow between the River Thames and within the reserve.
Following planning consent, Boskalis Westminster will bid for geologically appropriate material from river dredging and London-based tunnelling projects. This work will be phased as the opportunities arise over many years to a design agreed with the regulators. The new material will arrive on site via the river or possibly by rail.
The plans and vision for the completed project will be on display at RSPB Northward Hill, ME3 8DS in the Brick Barn between March 9th and 17th open from 10am to 4:30pm every day.
Full details can be viewed on the Medway Council website:
RSPB Cliffe Pools planning application
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