14 Oct Land & Water Begin Work on New Thames-Side Habitat in Rainham
RSPB Rainham Marshes nature reserve is an oasis for all kinds of wildlife – birds, dragonflies, water voles and more.
To ensure this haven is protected for generations to enjoy, Civil and Environmental engineering company, Land & Water, has gained consent for developing a Habitat Creation Scheme at the marshes.
This will be the largest habitat creation project ever constructed inside the M25 and Land & Water’s most ambitious project to date.
Currently, Rainham Marshes protect 411 hectares of ancient marsh in the Thames Estuary and is home to many species including lapwing, peregrine, wigeon and more.
The scheme will see the importation of over six million tonnes of wet and dry spoil material which will form both the basis of a new landform and cover the site to collect rainwater to fuel the wetlands passively.
The site, owned and managed by the RSPB, sits between Veolia’s landfill site at Rainham and the publicly accessible part of the RSPB’s Rainham reserve. With the new area creating 1,000,000m2 of habitat; more than 5km2 of continuous habitats will be formed, providing East London with a haven of wildlife.