- Updated: 07 October, 2016
What will the project deliver?
Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project is a landmark conservation and engineering scheme on a scale never before tried in the UK. It combines ecological research and environmental vision with commerce and innovative industrial engineering. A mutually beneficial partnership between the RSPB and Crossrail is creating replacement wetland habitats whilst while disposing of excavated material.
When complete the project will reinstate 670 hectares of wetland habitat.
- Provides new flood embankments to protect the local communities, replacing some of the flood capacity lost to development.
- Has created an RSPC wildlife reserve where bird and mammal numbers have already increased.
- Received 3million tonnes of waste from Crossrail by ship, preventing 150,000 lorry journeys and directing the material away from landfill.
- The project was completed 12 months early
- The bird and ecology population have already started to increase.
- The tidal flows are acting as planned
- Visitor numbers have increased and a visitor centre is planned for the future
- The area has renewed flood protection