A wildlife haven
Cliffe Pools is a 237 ha. complex of saline and brackish pools created by old clay diggings and river dredgings. Collectively this represents 5% of England’s declining stock of saline lagoons .
It attracts many thousands of over- wintering waders and ducks, and in spring significant colonies of breeding birds. The scrub offers one of the best places in England to hear nightingales.
Working in partnership
To enhance the habitats for the birds and other wildlife that use the site we need dredgings and arisings from major infrastructure projects to reduce the depth of the pools. There is already an extensive trail network and the new habitat will give people better opportunities to view wildlife.
To achieve our objectives, we are working with our commercial partners, Boskalis Westminster and the Brett Group. The latter own adjacent pools that are also recognised internationally for their importance to wildlife, and the company shares our ecological objectives.
The combined pools offer 5 million tonnes of capacity and are accessible by river or rail. We are keen to hear from national infrastructure or dredging projects with significant amounts of suitable material to dispose of, who would welcome an opportunity to deliver valuable environmental benefits in the Thames Estuary.