Save the North Wirral Foreshore SSSI!

Save the North Wirral Foreshore SSSI!

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Josh Styles started this petition to Wirral council

The North Wirral Foreshore is a statutorily protected site of biological importance, containing embryonic salt marsh and embryo dunes - a habitat of international conservation importance; it is also contained within the Dee Estuary Special Area of Conservation. However, for several years, the developing habitats have been chemically and mechanically removed across intertidal areas including Hoylake Beach for the sake of 'tidiness' (see full beach management agreement by Wirral Council here: http://www.hoylakevision.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Hoylake-Beach-Site-Management-Agreement.pdf). This agreement is stored on the Hoylake Vision website and is not their document.

Whilst in their justification, Wirral Council note the limited areas sprayed when compared to the total extent of the SSSI/SAC, vegetated intertidal areas are relatively small over many portions of the designated site and the removal of acres of this vegetation is significant.

Embryonic salt marsh vegetation and embryo dunes consisting mostly of Common Saltmarsh-grass (Puccinellia maritima) is an internationally important habitat that does not in any way impede recreational activities - plants here are not weeds. We want this important habitat to be recognised by Wirral Council, allowed to recover, and the small, loud group of 'tidy' sympathisers to be educated about this important habitat.

UPDATE: Since 2019, Wirral Council have committed to allow habitats to develop at the beach pending further study, although many councillors remain in favour of habitat destruction through raking and mechanical removal. The primary threat currently faced by the beach is through lobbying by local residents. Many of these residents have, illegally, also taken matters into their own hands, have brought diggers onto the beach and removed vegetation by hand.

To find out more about Hoylake Beach, see link here: https://sustainablebeach.org.uk 

 

 

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