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Port project creates new Thames wetland

Consultant Aecom and contractor Carillion have this week created a new mudflat as part of developer DP World’s London Gateway Port project.

The mudflat will mitigate for an area that will be lost during construction of the new docks. Over 24 hours the River Thames slowly flowed through a 300m man-made breach in the flood bank into an area last covered by the river around 500 years ago.

Water is being allowed to flow inland for around 500m, where a new 1km long, 6m high, 50m wide flood bank will prevent it from going any further.

The new mudflat will provide feeding grounds for birds in the area including herons, avocets, oyster catchers and geese migrating from the Arctic for the winter months.

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