Disruption forecast at Seaton Wetlands as cables set to be transferred underground

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:23 21 June 2018

Seaton Wetlands. Photo: Matt Wilson

Seaton Wetlands. Photo: Matt Wilson

Matt Willson 2015

More than three weeks of disruption will be brought to Seaton Wetlands nature reserve as overhead power lines are transferred underground.

East Devon District Council has apologised for the expected problems the work will cause to visitors.

Western Power Distribution is due begin work at the Wetlands on Monday, July 2, and it is expected to be completed by Thursday, July 26.

During the first two weeks (July 2 – July 13), the car park and paths to the Tower Hide and Stafford Marsh will be closed from Monday to Friday.

Cllr Tom Wright, the council’s environment portfolio holder, said: “The removal of the overhead wires will be a huge boost for wildlife including ground-nesting birds, water birds and other wildlife.

“The work is being undertaken after the nesting period but before the autumn migration in an attempt to keep wildlife disruption to a minimum.

“We apologise for the disturbance caused, but are looking forward to this work bring completed.

“The removal of power lines will not only be better for the birds it will also enhance the visitor experience.”

The countryside team is recommending that visitors explore nearby Seaton Marshes, which is accessed off the cycle path from Harbour Road car park in Seaton.

However, the site can be accessed on weekends and the Discovery Hut will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Visitors should be aware that due to the works taking place, the wildlife spectacle is unlikely to be its usual high standard.

There will be complete site closure on Thursday 26 July.

The following planned events will be cancelled:

• Bird ringing demonstration on Friday, July 6

• ‘What’s that bird?’ on Saturday, July 7

• ‘What’s that bird?’ on Thursday, July 26

Anyone who would like further information or has questions is asked to call James Chubb, the council’s countryside leader, on 07964 132282.

The Countryside team can be contacted via email: countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk or by phone on 01395 517557.

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