Walk and talk along the Dee Estuary
Travel writer, the Bald Hiker otherwise known as Paul Steele, is swapping his
usual foreign jaunts for something closer to home next week when he embarks on
a coastal walk of the Dee Estuary. Along the way he will be talking to people
to understand their aspirations for this special place to guide future projects.
The walk is the brainchild of the Tidal Dee Catchment Partnership, hosted by
Cheshire Wildlife Trust, who are seeking to find out people’s views on the
Estuary – from why they enjoy it and how they use it through to how they feel
things can be improved. The walk will start on Wednesday 28th March at Barkby
Beach, Prestatyn and will follow the Wales Coast path until Hawarden Bridge, to
finish in Hoylake on Friday 30th March, after passing through Cheshire Wildlife
Trust’s Red Rocks Marsh Nature Reserve. The Partnership are calling for people
to join Paul along the walk to share with him why this area is so important to
“We are so pleased that Paul is part of this project – he will help us to raise
awareness of the issues and needs of this area not just for wildlife but also
for the community. The more passionate people are about their favourite wild
places the easier it becomes to ensure important places like the Dee Estuary
remain protected and are improved for both people and wildlife,” said Sarah
Bennett, Area Manager at Cheshire Wildlife Trust.
On the border between Wales and England, the Dee Estuary is a wildlife haven.
Its populations of waders and wildfowl make it one of the most important
estuaries in Europe. As well as the birds, you can also find sand lizards and
natterjack toads calling the Estuary home. Its importance for wildlife means
that the Estuary is internationally protected.
Cllr Carolyn Thomas, Cabinet member for Streetscene and Countryside at
Flintshire County Council says Our coastal path is a fantastic place to walk
and cycle while taking in far reaching views of the changing and varied
landscape from industrial to areas rich in history, heritage and biodiversity.
One of my favourite parts is walking from Flint Castle along the old docks
towards the Milwr tunnel. In Spring, the area is abundant in wildflowers. The
Flintshire section of the path is managed by our coastal rangers who work with
community groups, businesses and organisations and have over the past years
been able to use grant funding for signs and sculptures depicting the history
of the area for visitors to see how it has changed over the years. I hope that
Paul enjoys walking round the wild and wonderful landscape of the Dee Estuary
and that people are able to join him to share their favourite places.”
Paul Steele is founder and editor of the Bald Hiker website where he blogs
about his hiking expeditions all over the world. An important part of his
storytelling takes place through social media where his growing Twitter
followers can vicariously travel the world through his pictures and learn about
Paul’s experiences trying out new technology.
The Environment Agency, Natural England, the Dee Estuary Conservation Group,
the RSPB, North Wales Wildlife Trust, Wirral Council, Flintshire Council, Welsh
Dee Trust, Natural Resources Wales, and Cheshire Wildlife Trust are all
partners within the Tidal Dee Catchment Partnership, working together on the
People can follow the walk online, as Paul will be posting films, photos and
information about his journey on social media using #DeeEstuaryWalk.