Guardian: Conservation experts are to reverse five centuries of British history and deliberately allow rising sea levels to flood a huge stretch of reclaimed
Generations of farmers have worked the land there for 500 years, since Dutch settlers first built a wall around the remote strip of coast once claimed by King Canute; the RSPB wants to transform the area into a wildlife reserve. As the sea returns, so should otters, wild plants, fish and birds, some of which have not nested in the
Graham Wynne, RSPB chief executive, said: "Wallasea will become a wonderful coastal wetland full of wildlife in a unique and special landscape. We will be restoring habitats that were lost more than 400 years ago and preparing the land for sea level rise. This is land that was borrowed from the sea that now the sea is reclaiming."
The £12m scheme is the largest of its type in