New reserve aims to attract birds
DP London World Gateway, builders of the new deep-sea port terminal on the north bank of the Thames, has completed the creation of 65 hectares of important intertidal habitat, constructed to help compensate for habitat losses caused by the building of the port. It comprises mudflats and saltmarshes. The new area will be called Salt Fleet Flats Reserve, a name decided by local people. The reserve was created by the largest controlled breach of a sea wall in the UK, after the construction of a new wall inland of the existing one. This is the second reserve created by DP World in South East England, and it is hoped that the new intertidal zone will attract invertebrate and bird species, increasing biodiversity in the Thames Estuary area.