The BBC has the article on its website – see link below:-
What it says about the Sefton coastline:- ‘A site of specific scientific interest, Sefton Coast stretches for 12 miles between Southport and the end of Crosby Beach. Environmental Scientist Tara Shine says: “It’s a remarkable piece of coastline, with beaches, mud flats, woodlands and an internationally-recognised sand dunes habitat forming a barrier between the sea and the towns of Southport and Formby.”
Bird spotters, dog walkers and adventure sports enthusiasts alike love this stretch of coast, but its incredible sand dunes, which represent 20% of all the sand dunes in England, are retreating at a rate of three metres a year, as coastal erosion threatens the entire area. Kate Martin, from the National Trust, manages the area and says Formby is still naturally protected: “Sand dunes are amazing as a sea defence, as they move and shift to face the threat.” And why are they so important? As well as protecting the town, the dunes protect the Formby forests, one of the last natural habitats of endangered red squirrels.’
A Red Squirrel – What could be more symbolic of Formby and Little Altcar
The photos above are my own I might add.
Part of Sefton’s coastline at Crosby
The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below
Now for all of you out there who think I have a downer on the Labour Party here’s a positive story I’m happy to promote.
Firstly, I should say that one of my big issues with Labour on Merseyside has always been their lack of environmental/green credentials. You only have to look at the troubles in both Knowsley and Liverpool Councils where building on parks and green spaces has actually been promoted by Labour. Their approach to Sefton’s Local Plan adoption process, where they seemed to look upon environmental campaigners as nothing but a bloody nuisance, also comes to mind as an example of my concerns.
But credit where it’s due this plastic pollution position adopted by Labour-run Sefton Council is a step in the right direction. Oh and by the way the minutes of the meeting where the motion was agreed say that all present (of differing political parties) supported it.
With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.