Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
  Press Release

Monday 21st December 2009

Show your support for establishing wildlife habitat on the Lincolnshire coast

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is calling on people to show their support for an exciting scheme which will establish wildlife habitat next to Donna Nook National Nature Reserve.

The managed realignment scheme at Donna Nook is an opportunity to make more space for wildlife. The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust strongly supports the proposal but fear opposition and are asking for your help. Comments can be made online, by email or post but must be submitted by 30 December 2009.

Proposed by the Environment Agency, the Donna Nook managed realignment scheme is an integral part of the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy and will compensate for habitat losses in the Humber estuary as a result of sea level rise. The 111 hectare site is immediately adjacent to Donna Nook National Nature Reserve, which is managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, and surrounded on its seaward side by the internationally designated Humber Estuary Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Special Protected Area (SPA) and Ramsar site. A new flood defence embankment will be built to the rear of the site, the existing embankment breached: creating intertidal habitats. Shallow wetland scrapes, breeding islands for little tern and natterjack toad breeding pools will also be created.

Caroline Steel, Head of Conservation, said: "The Trust has been closely involved in development of the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy and understands clearly that sea level rise will reduce the extent of inter-tidal habitat, which is vital to the wildlife of the internationally important estuary. Being adjacent to an existing SSSI and nature reserve, the Trust considers that the site selected by the Environment Agency for managed realignment is very appropriate as it will extend and complement an existing area of very high wildlife value."

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust strongly supports the application by the Environment Agency for a managed realignment scheme at Donna Nook:

  • The site chosen will extend and complement an existing area of very high wildlife value.
  • It will compensate for habitat losses in the Humber estuary as a result of sea level rise.
  • The detailed designs for the site will bring about additional benefits for wildlife including rare species such as little terns and natterjack toads.

Please show your support for the scheme

  • Support the scheme online:

    Show your support and submit your comments on the East Lindsey District Council website.

    Please fill in the boxes, select "support" in the drop-down box and add your own comments.

  • Support the scheme by post - write to:

    Michelle Walker
    East Lindsey District Council
    Tedder Hall
    Manby Park
    Louth
    LN11 8UP

  • Support the scheme by email - michelle.walker@e-lindsey.gov.uk

Download PDF document

For further information about the scheme the non-technical summary of the Environmental Statement can be downloaded from East Lindsey District Council's website:

For more information please contact:

Rachel Shaw
Public Relations Officer, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel:  01507 526667  (ansaphone out of office hours)
Mobile:  07766 550494
Fax:  01507 525732
Email:  rshaw@lincstrust.co.uk

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Banovallum House
Manor House Street
Horncastle
Lincolnshire LN9 5HF

Website: lincstrust.org.uk

Notes for Editors

  1. The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and wild places throughout the historic county of Lincolnshire - from the Humber to the Wash. The Trust is Lincolnshire's leading nature conservation charity with over 25,000 members and around 100 nature reserves. The Trust is a member of a nationwide network of 47 local trusts which work to protect wildlife - The Wildlife Trusts.
    Visit: lincstrust.org.uk
     
  2. There are 47 Wildlife Trusts across the whole of the UK, the Isle of Man and Alderney. We are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone. With 791,000 members, we are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the full range of the UK's habitats and species, whether they be in the countryside, in cities or at sea. 135,000 of our members belong to our junior branch, Wildlife Watch. We manage 2,256 nature reserves covering more than 90,000 hectares; we stand up for wildlife; we inspire people about the natural world and we foster sustainable living.
    Visit: www.wildlifetrusts.org

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