Fleetwood Marsh Nature Park
Fleetwood Marsh Nature Park is owned by Lancashire County Council (LCC). The site was reclaimed from a former power station and now contains a number of walking trails, a wildlife pond, a car park and a fence off grassed area rented by the Fylde Coast Model Flying Association (FCMFA). There are two lagoons which have restricted public access, these areas are of highest value to local wildlife. The site can be accessed from the end of Jameson Rd and by pedestrians from the Redrow Harbour Village Windward Ave.
The site is recognised as a Biological Heritage Site due to its ground flora and nesting birds, which include skylarks, grebes, tufted ducks, swans and shoveler ducks. Many herons and a pair of buzzards also visit regularly and it is a popular resting spot for migratory birds.
Fleetwood Town Council (FTC) recognise the benefits of retaining Fleetwood Marsh Nature Park as one of the few large open spaces in the Fleetwood area, and on the 13th March 2018 agreed to work in partnership with LCC for a 12 month pilot period to manage the day to day running of the site with costs shared equally from 1st April 2018. Following the 12 month period the Town Council and LCC will review progress and decide on the long term viability of the Town Council assuming full custodianship.
The aim of both councils is to maintain the site for existing users and further develop it to encourage additional visitors, community events, nature conservation and educational activities.
Photographs courtesy of Rob Callighan and Steven Speed.