The Steart Peninsula Project
A sustainable coastline for people and wildlife on the Steart Peninsula.
- In May 2012 the Environment Agency began construction work to create one of the UK’s largest new reserves for wildlife. Over 400 hectares of the Steart Peninsula will be turned into wildlife-rich habitats including saltmarsh and freshwater wetland. These habitats provide vital feeding and breeding grounds for wading birds and wildfowl. Importantly the scheme will also provide better protection for Steart village and Stert Drove against flooding. There will also be improved access for people with disabilities, horse riders, cyclists and walkers with new panoramic viewpoints and wildlife observation hides.
Our construction work was severely hampered by the exceptionally wet weather in 2012. We had planned to have all the defence embankments built, with the completion of the whole scheme scheduled for autumn 2013. Unfortunately the weather has put the completion date back to spring 2014.
We hold public drop-in sessions at our site compound on Stert Drove on the last Friday of every month - the next session is 6pm Friday 26 April 2013. These provide an opportunity for anyone to come and voice matters of interest or concern about the scheme and for us to explain our plans in more detail.
- The site will be owned by the Environment Agency and managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT).