The Mersey Estuary and Mersey Narrows and Wirral Foreshore are both designated as internationally important Special Protection Areas (SPAs) for their shore-bird assemblages.
We have been involved in previous consultations over Mersey Barrage tidal energy plans, along with Cheshire Wildlife Trust, and will continue to monitor any movements and discussions.
The two Wildlife Trusts have published our views in a document entitled Mersey Matters: this will need to be updated should any new proposal come forward.
Liverpool City Region’s MetroMayor’s Office has commissioned an economic feasibility study for tidal energy production from the Mersey Estuary. That has yet to report, but the assessment of a broadly similar proposal in Swansea Bay, published in June 2018, suggests that the economics continue not to stack up. No similar assessment has been commissioned specifically on the international, national and local impacts on the natural environment.