Morecambe Bay's £1.9m tourism plan after lottery funding

Morecambe Bay Morecambe Bay has tidal islands, saltmarsh, wetlands and a variety of important wildlife

The organisation that promotes natural habitats and historic sites around Morecambe Bay has received £1.9m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Morecambe Bay Partnership will use the money for the Headlands to Headspace scheme, aimed at encouraging people to explore the bay.

A cycleway, stretching 124 miles (200km) from Glasson Dock in Lancashire to Walney in Cumbria, will be created.

There will also be an oral history project examining fishing communities.

What makes Morecambe Bay special?

  • Morecambe Bay is the largest continuous intertidal area in the whole of Britain.
  • 200,000 people live and work around the bay.
  • It has 5% of the UK's total area of saltmarsh.
  • Commercial fishing in the bay nets flatfish, bass, cod and whitebait; shellfish including mussels and shrimps are caught for local consumption and for export to mainland Europe.
  • Popular places along the bay include Arnside, located within one of Britain's smallest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the Arnside/Silverdale AONB - Grange-over-Sands and Morecambe, picturesque Edwardian seaside resorts.
  • On average Morecambe Bay supports 224,000 wintering waterfowl and 20,000 breeding seabirds.

Susannah Bleakley from the partnership said: "We want more people to find out about the bay's heritage and get involved in celebrating it and looking after it.

"There's lots of projects for people to get involved in - community archaeology projects and oral history projects to capture the reminiscences and the stories of the people of the bay."

Sara Hilton from the Heritage Lottery Fund said: "We are committed to supporting projects such as this one in Morecambe Bay as they bring together both community groups and public bodies with a shared passion of caring for our environment."

Morecambe Bay is the largest intertidal area in the UK where four estuaries join in a horseshoe-shaped bay.

Work on the five-year scheme will start early next year.

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