Green plan lined up for riverside

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A PLAN is being drawn up which aims to protect land identified as a wildlife corridor.

North Tyneside Council has started work on producing a five-year management plan for the fish quay banksides at North Shields, a green space along the mouth of the Tyne estuary.

The plan aims to maximise the biodiversity value of the land, as well as its status as a conservation area.

Although most of the management work will be carried out by the council, residents and businesses are being invited to get involved.

Already, the 4th Tynemouth Scout group has offered to help create an area devoted to wildflowers to provide a nectar and seed source for invertebrates and birds.

Pam McIntyre, the council’s cabinet member for engagement and the environment, said: “The fish quay banksides are an important natural asset.

“Our new management plan aims to strike a balance between enhancing the area as a wildlife habitat and maintaining its panoramic views across the River Tyne.”

The fish quay banksides stretch from Union Stairs, along Tyne Street through to Brewhouse Bank.

The management plan was developed following consultation with residents, the Fish Quay Heritage Partnership and the Folk Interested in Shields Harbour group.

Details of the plan can be found on the ecology and wildlife section at www.northtyneside.gov.uk