Biodiversity & Environment Research Board

Made up of a core of nine members, the research board is a group of experts which meets on a quarterly basis to discuss and guide research in the Trust area. The board is keen to use the estuary as a living laboratory and promote research in various fields. This will include scientific approaches from citizen science, community engagement, environmental art, education, monitoring and science.

Representatives of the Research Board

  • Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust (MGET)
  • Mersey Gateway Crossings Board (MGCB)
  • Environment Agency
  • Fiddlers Ferry SSE
  • Halton Wildfowlers
  • Lancashire Wildlife Trust
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Natural England
  • Norton Priory Museum Trust
  • University of Salford 

Values of the Research Board

To create, promote and oversee a thriving and internationally-renowned living laboratory in the Upper Mersey Estuary delivering a diverse array of research for the benefit of the environment, economy, local people and wildlife.

The purpose of the Board is to:

  • Promote the Upper Mersey Estuary as a Living Laboratory
  • Promote the research carried out in the Upper Mersey Estuary
  • Engage with regional, national and international researchers
  • Provide oversight of research taking place in the estuary
  • Provide a place for all disciplines to carry out research

The purpose of the Board is to:

  • Impartial credentials when evaluating research projects.
  • Value all researchers equally
  • The Mersey Gateway project promotes an innovative opportunity for engineering,
    environmental and social disciplines to study in the same area.
  • Ensure best practice in research data management and data sharing.
  • The Board will operate in an open and impartial manner.