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MP's plea to protect vital Red Rocks.

Byline: SUE LEE ECHO Print Editor sue.lee@trinitymirror.com

URGENT calls are being made to protect a Wirral nature reserve.

The move came after Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood visited Red Rocks Nature Reserve in Hoylake where she met Cheshire Wildlife Trust's director of conservation Martin Varley.

There, she was able to learn more about the important work the Trust is doing to protect unique habitats at the reserve and across the Dee Estuary.

Red Rocks is the Trust's only coastal reserve and is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to its sand dunes, reed beds and its population of rare natterjack toads.

During the MP's visit concerns were raised about the Government's draft Environment Bill.

Following its publication, Wildlife Trusts nationally called on the Government to make improvements to the bill to ensure they honour a manifesto commitment to leave the environment in a better state for the next generation.

Martin Varley said: "The Dee Estuary is a great place for people to experience nature and Wirral is fortunate to have easy access to the coast at places like Red Rocks. This is why, as we leave the EU, we need to make sure that good laws are in place which protect these places for us all to enjoy."

Margaret Greenwood said: "The staff and volunteers at Cheshire Wildlife Trust do a fantastic job year-round to protect the reserve's special habitat.

"It is vital that we have legislation in place to properly protect it if we are to ensure the recovery of the natural world."

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Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood visited Red Rocks Nature Reserve in Hoylake where she learned more about the work of Cheshire Wildlife Trust and the natterjack toad, main picture, one of the rare species the Trust and its volunteers have helped to thrive at the reserve PICTURES: ANDREW TEEBAY AND PHILIP PRECEY

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Feb 5, 2019
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