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.