Conserving the Bay's natural heritage

Morecambe Bay is exceptional for the extent of its diverse coastal habitats and the wide range of species that characterize and give identity to Morecambe Bay.

We are working hard to secure landscape-scale restoration of coastal marshes, wet grasslands, headlands and promontories around Morecambe Bay, to re-connect fragmented habitats and allow specialist species to move freely across a dynamic landscape.

Find out about our natural heritage, habitat and landscape projects

About Morecambe Bay's birds

Back On Our Map (BOOM) - Species Reintroduction

Headlands to Headspace - Conserving and celebrating the Bay's heritage

Explore The Bay's special places

Why are we looking after the Bay's natural heritage?

Morecambe Bay is exceptional for the extent and quality of its natural heritage with salt marshes, sand dunes, shingle, coastal limestone grasslands and woodlands all of international importance.  These habitats in turn support a wide range of species that characterise and give identity to the fringes of Morecambe Bay, including breeding and wintering waders and wildfowl, breeding terns, rare flowers, rare butterflies and specialist moths.  

However, few of these habitats are in optimal condition for their iconic and specialist species.  Issues with management change, habitat quality and invasive species have all lead to species declines, and in some cases extinctions, along the fringes of Morecambe Bay.  

We are helping to connect prioirty habitat around the Bay, joining up, restoring and managing coastal habitats at a landscape scale. We also want to improve and safeguard roost sites and nesting sites for important species such as terns and eiders.

What are we doing?

Morecambe Bay Partnership is dedicated to ensuring the Bay's natural heritage is conserved, restored, understood and, most importantly, celebrated. We are encouraging communities around the Bay to find out more about this special place they live and work, and help to look after it. We are

  • Working to make sure the sand dunes on Walney and Foulney Islands are in great condition;
  • Carrying out conservation works to help protect vulnerable breeding birds around the Bay, such as terns and eiders;
  • Supporting communities to reintroduce rare or locally-extinct species of plants, trees, mammals and butterflies
  • Protecting our important coastal limestone grasslands and cliffs by removing invasive species such as cotoneaster;
  • Restoring important but rare floral species to our coastal fringes
  • Training volunteers to help monitor the success of habitats and species around the Bay

Find out more about our natural heritage projects here.

We are grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund who help us to deliver this important work to conserve, protect and celebrate the Bay's natural heritage.