Environmental management and monitoring (with Aecom)

The MGET will take over the environmental monitoring responsibilities from the main bridge contractor and will be working with the environmental consultants Aecom to deliver the 5 year contract.
Activity will include:

  • aquatic ecology
  • surface water quality (freshwater and estuary)
  • hydrodynamics
  • terrestrial ecology
  • Wigg Island
  • saltmarsh restoration

Beyond our Bridges

The MGET is already in its third year of the Beyond Our Bridges project. The project is to bring 62 ha of saltmarsh and reedbed habitats back into management in the estuary for breeding bird benefits.

Activities include breeding bird monitoring as well as practical management works, with additional recording contributing towards the national Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) during the winter months.

The project has been supported through funding from UK environmental funding body WREN.

Information Boards at Wigg Island

Having a wander down to the stunning Wigg Island in Runcorn and following the 10 boards that tell the story of the natural history in the area, will provide visitors with information about the local ecology and the impact that the new Mersey Gateway Bridge and work of the MGET will have in years to come.

The self-guided trail takes in wildflower meadows, woodland, wetland, as well as the existing troll trail.The site also boasts fantastic views of the iconic new bridge.

Great for a family day out!

The Plastic Resolution

The Plastic Resolution Project, which started in spring 2017 (funded by ‘Big Lottery Fund Awards for All’ between spring 2017-2018), aims to work with local schools and community groups in Halton to address the problem of plastic waste pollution on the natural environment. Plastics are a big problem when it comes to environmental pollution. A major cause of this is littering and mismanaged plastic waste. Plastic bottles and food packaging are often washed into our rivers and travel downstream into our oceans. Some of it is deposited on the saltmarsh by the tides. Without cleaning the saltmarshes, more and more plastics will accumulate and pollute the local environment.

In the last 18 months, we have been reporting regularly on the progress of our Plastic Resolution project. Since the broadcast of Blue Planet II and the evidence of the severity of plastic on our planet, the issue has been widely reported by the national and international media, making people aware of the extent and the harm that is done to the environment by using single-use plastic.

Despite a lot of good progress to reduce our plastic footprint, there is plenty of cleaning up to do: since spring 2017, we have been engaging with local schools and businesses to learn about plastic pollution and remove waste from sections of the local saltmarsh. So far, we had five local schools from Runcorn and Widnes visiting Widnes Warth saltmarsh, helping us to remove an incredible amount of plastic from the marsh. 

In total, we have cleared over 58 cubic metres of waste, all of which was taken away by a local recycling company WSR Recycling for appropriate treatment. These are brilliant results that show spectacularly in the before and after photos.

We are keen to involve local people, particularly the younger generation, to understand the importance of caring for the local landscape. Through education about the pathways of plastics from consumer to our oceans, we can look to trigger positive changes in the future, and the Trust is keen on following this project up for many years to come.

The following are the likely projects to be developed in the first 12 months of being live:

  • Volunteering
  • Healthy living assets
  • Arpley landfill