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Cheshire wildlife campaigners to launch Dee Estuary information pack

Residents, land managers and businesses urged to do their bit for local wildlife

The Dee estuary is home to more than 100,000 waders and wildfowl. Photo by Colin Lane

Cheshire Wildlife Trust is coming to Ness Gardens to launch an information pack which will help householders, land managers and businesses make informed decisions when disposing of used water and sewage.

The pack, part of a Love My Estuary project funded by the Environment Agency, will be available at the event to be held at Ness Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, March 23.

It is part of the trust’s campaign to encourage people who live in the tidal Dee catchment to do their bit for local wildlife.

The trust points out the estuary is home to more than 100,000 waders and wildfowl every winter which flock to feed on the fertile mudflats, over 500 grey seals which haul up near Hilbre Island at low tide, salmon and sea trout on their way to and from the freshwater river as well as large beds of cockles and other shellfish.

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People and wildlife team leader at the trust, Jan Shone, said: “We are raising awareness about how personal actions affect the water environment and the importance of water quality on wildlife.

“We hope this project will help reduce water pollution in the Dee estuary.”

The aim is to highlight how peoples’ actions can affect the estuary and to identify and tackle pollution issues with the pack providing information to householders, land managers and businesses.

Jan added: “Your actions at home and work can impact upon the health of your local river and in turn the Dee Estuary even if you don’t live right next to it.

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“We need your help to improve the quality of the water flowing into this precious habitat as well as your local beaches and bathing waters at West Kirby.”

The buffet event at the Neston Road gardens takes place from 6pm to 7.30pm on March 23.

“From what we put down out sinks to how we manage our land and run our businesses we can all do our bit to improve water for local wildlife,” said Jan.

To book contact Jan on 01948 820728.

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