|Colin says: The whole of the northern end of Walney Island is within the Duddon Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The sand dunes that have developed at the northern end of the island are fed by sand from Duddon Estuary and Walney's west coast, and support a wide diversity of plant and animal life including one of the largest colonies of Natterjack Toads in the UK. |
Hougenai says: HI Colin,
I've tried to comment via your feedback form with no joy, so will go through the pages and comment.
North walney is an sssi in it's own right and has the further designation of NNR National Nature Reserve. It is part of the Duddon estuary SPA and RAMSAR site, which is in turn part of the Morecambe Bay SAC.
The natterjack population is not and has never been 'one of the largest iin the uk'. I've been involved with them particularly for about20 years or so during which time the population range and number have declined dramatically. In the 80's low hundred occupied pools from the tip site N wards. Now Low tens survive only in the very northernmost pools of the series.