I met with Sergeant Ian Wilson from Cheshire Police, based at Blacon and Frodsham, early in the day for a meeting to discuss the birds and conservation of the marsh and disturbance from scramblers and other anti-social behaviour. It was a good hour or so as I explained the work Peel are doing with the wind farm including the mitigation area and how the birds use the flyway between the River Mersey and Frodsham Score and the tanks including No.6 where they feed. Ian used it as an orientation exercise and to get an understanding of the conservation issues facing the marsh especially as it is now the breeding season and how scramblers can do much more damage than they realise. The weather was kind and pale blue skies and sunshine tempted a few birds out, even if the Swifts and hirundines would struggle to feed in only 4c. Not long afterwards the skies darkened and the rain began, getting heavy and persistent in a strengthening westerly wind.
Ian has asked that anyone visiting the marsh and witnessing scrambling or any other behaviour that is anti-social, to contact him on the number below. If possible, take photos and note registrations, but discreetly. Be careful not to place yourself in any confrontational situation or personal danger. Cheshire Police are training officers in rural crime and it will involve conservation issues no doubt. Ian is keen to gather intelligence on anything and as birders, we are in an ideal position to act as the eyes of the police.
Remember as well that Ian Howse from the Port of Liverpool Police and also Steve Turner, the conservation officer from CAWOS, are also keen to keep disturbance at Frodsham Marsh to a minimum, so you can also contact either of them. If on site and you need help for any reason, the security on site is SERVO, just stop one of their security guards.
Written contribution by Tony.
Cheshire Police – Sergeant Ian Wilson 01606 366009 / 07720 997505
Port of Liverpool Police – Sergeant Ian Howse 0151 949 1212 / 0151 949 6929 / 07876 474549
CAWOS – Steve Turner – email@example.com