Saturday, February 17, 2007

Consultation begins on Ouse Washes

Plans to create 1,000 hectares of new wetland habitat have been revealed in the Fens.

The Government has told the Environment Agency to improve conditions for migrating birds along the Ouse Washes - a man-made flood plain comprising thousands of acres of low-lying land between the Delph and tidal Ouse, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.

It has published consultation papers setting out its strategy and the PAC is now waiting to obtain copies of the document before considering its response.

The biggest questions are what affect the plan will have on the Delph - a popular Fenland pike fishery - and the neighbouring Old Bedford River.

Copies of the consultation papers can be ordered on CD by e-mailing All responses must be sent in by Friday, March 23.

The proposal is the latest in a number of schemes which are likely to drastically alter the face of parts of the Fens, as conservation groups attempt to protect internationally-important bird reserves from the effects of rising sea levels and climate change.

More on this as soon as we have it.