Site visit to RSPB Wallasea Island, Rochford

27 July, 2017 | 16:00 - 19:30

Venue address:

RSPB Site Office, Nr Grapnells Farm
Wallasea Island, Creeksea Ferry Road
Essex SS4 2HD
United Kingdom
Aerial photograph of Jubilee Marsh, completed in 2015 using spoil from Crossrail. Image courtesy of the RSPB.
Aerial photograph of Jubilee Marsh, completed in 2015 using spoil from Crossrail. Image courtesy of the RSPB.

About this event

The Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project is a landmark conservation and engineering scheme on a scale never before attempted in the UK and the largest of its type in Europe; combining ecological research and environmental vision with commerce and innovative engineering for the benefit of future generations.

A partnership between the RSPB and Crossrail provided over 3 million tonnes of material to complete the first phase of the project whilst offering a sustainable solution for the disposal of the large quantities of excavated material that would be generated during the Crossrail project.

The visit will start with a presentation from the RSPB’s Wallasea Island Project Manager (Chris Tyas) and AECOM’s lead designer for the project (Paul Eaves), covering the vision behind the project, explaining how the material from Crossrail was used to create the vast wetland and giving details of the RSPB’s plans for further development of the site.

Following the presentation there will be a guided walk around the island, taking in the Allfleets Marsh trail and Jubilee Marsh trail (total length approximately 11km).

We will meet at the RSPB site office (grey cabin next to Grapnells Farm) at 4pm with the presentation starting at 4:15pm. We expect the site visit will be finished by 7:30pm.

Please note:

  • Space for the presentation is limited, pre-registration is therefore required.
  • There is no visitor centre, catering or toilets at the site. No refreshments will be available.
  • PPE is not required. However, we recommend wearing appropriate footwear for walking 11km on unsurfaced grass paths, reviewing weather prior to the visit and wearing appropriate clothing.

For more information please contact Paul Eaves:

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