A MINI digger and groundworks hire company have desilted the drainage ditches on Parkgate marshes.
Dig & Shift has completed a six-week operation to de silt the main drainage ditches on the famous marshes.
The aim of the work was to help reduce mosquitoes by removing their breeding grounds – thereby reducing the need of costly spraying and its associated environmental cost.
The removal of silt will also improve the habitat for birds that spend the winter on the estuary by creating pools adjacent to the donkey stand.
Dig & Shift director Bruce Turner said: “The timing of the work was undertaken to combine least impact on the wildlife together with allowing our machine and operators to work without the risk of high tides.
“The 13-ton machine, while operating further out on the marsh, had to sit on bog mats at all time to spread the ground pressure and avoid the risk of sinking.
“We have had a huge amount of interest from the public asking what we were doing – especially during sunny weekends when crowds would gather to watch the excavator at work.”
Funding of the project was provided by the RSPB, Cheshire West & Chester Council, Neston Town Council and The Parkgate Society.