New pond for Denbighshire wetland

A partnership is progressing with a makeover for a Denbighshire wetland to help protect and support local wildlife.

Denbighshire County Council

Denbighshire County Council has worked in partnership with Balfour Beatty to create a new water feature at the Morfa, a 35-acre wetland in Prestatyn, Wales.

Balfour Beatty, who are developing the Rhyl East Flood Defence Scheme, provided the work as part of their commitment with Denbighshire County Council in providing local community benefits.

Welsh Government via their ENRaW grant scheme contributed towards the actual purchase of the land and to develop it as an important wetland resource over a three year period. The land had previously been in private ownership.

Now additional work has been completed which has seen the creation of a new pond by excavating the wetland in a localised area and then transferring the excavated material to form an embankment on top of what once was an old tipping area.

And during October two more ponds are set to be created at the site to expand the support for the wetland’s nature.

Benefits of this work include increased biodiversity, flora and birds and a wetland attraction for bird watchers to visit.

The wetland also sits next to the Prestatyn gutter and forms a natural sink during times of high rainfall, acting as an important flood defence. As the site returns to its natural form, without all the current vegetation, its water storage capacity will increase.