SEFTON SAVES THE ENVIRONMENT

by Ashleigh Panther

The Northern Line is like Sefton's spine . . . mimicking the coastline's movements.

One of Sefton's greatest assets is its 22 miles of natural coast. A designated Special Area of Conservation, it contains rare species of animals and plants along its sand dunes and woodlands.

Ashleigh Panther investigates the natural and man-made threats to this wildlife haven, as well as the efforts being made to preserve it.

She talks to Dave Mercer, Senior Reserve Manager at Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve, who describes the management of the sand dune system, as well as flora and fauna, including the Natterjack toad.

She also hears from Cath Johnston, Environment and Energy Manager at Merseyrail, about their strategies to support the local environment — and in particular about the re-development of Ainsdale Station, which will be the first 'eco station' on Merseyside.

Ashleigh finally attends the 2015 Sefton Eco Champion Awards, which took place at the Ramada Hotel in Southport in July. These awards, organised by Southport Eco Centre, recognise young people from across the borough who go the extra mile to support their local environment and communities. The work being devised and executed by all of the entrants is innovative, inspiring and effective.



Contributors:
Cath Johnston, Dave Mercer, Southport Eco Centre, and the entrants and winners of the 2015 Sefton Eco Champion Awards.

Original Music and Sound Design:
Christopher Johns

Producer:
Chris Fittock

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by Ashleigh Panther

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by Forefield Junior School & Steve Marriott

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