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New London railway will result in new coastal wetland in Essex

The first giant scoops of almost 5m tonnes of earth from deep beneath London have begun to be delivered to the Essex coast, the first step in creating the biggest man-made nature reserve in Europe. The soil, excavated from two new 21km rail tunnels under the capital, will transform the pancake-flat intensive farmland of Wallasea Island into […]

Man-made salt marshes not as biodiverse as their natural counterparts.

Man-made English salt marshes are failing to meet European conservation regulations that stipulate they should be as rich in plant life as natural wetlands, a new study has warned. Salt marshes are coastal wetlands that are flooded and drained by salt water brought in by the tides, and are found all around the coastline of […]