This site presents a series of photographs and reports that are being produced
to accompany Lancaster City Council’s coastal defence works at Morecambe.
Specifically, these details relate to the development of the southern breakwater
as part of the Phase VI coastal defence programme. As part of this development
LCC are undertaking environmental mitigation work that involves recreating
glacially-formed cobble ‘skear’ habitat that would otherwise
become buried under the footprint of the development.
This mitigation work is being undertaken, in consultation with Natural England,
in order to preserve in-situ the existing skear habitat because it lies within
Morecambe Bay Special Protection Area (SPA) and has potential value as an
upper shore waterbird feeding area.
This is believed to be the first time that such skear creation work has
been undertaken and it is hoped that the lessons learned from this work and
the associated 2-year ecological monitoring programme will inform for future
The parties involved are Lancaster City Council, Shoreline Management Partnership,
the Birse Group plc and ABPmer.
For further details please contact:
Senior Environmental Consultant
ABP Marine Environmental Research Ltd
Quayside Suite, Medina Chambers, Town Quay
Southampton, SO14 2AQ