Flood Risk Management
The ‘Hesketh Out Marsh East’ realignment project was created through seawall breaching in September 2017. It was undertaken as a partnership between the RSPB, Natural England and the Environment Agency. It lies directly alongside ‘Hesketh Out Marsh West’ that was created in 2008. Together these two sites now form a 340 hectare (840 acre) new coastal reserve that is managed by the RSPB. This project was designed to restore marshes (the land historically claimed from the estuary) and reduce the flood risk to more than 140 properties and 300 hectares of prime farmland nearby.