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Title: Alt / Crossens LEAP action plan 2000-2005
Author: Environment Agency
Document Type: Monograph
This report provides details of the Local Environment Agency Plan (LEAP) for the river Alt and Crossens area. The River Alt rises in Huyton and flows 28km to its tidal limit at Hightown. The catchment area includes North Liverpool, Knowsley, Aughton and Ainsdale. The source of the River Alt is located at Huyton within the Huyton Wetlands Site of Biological Interest (SBI). The classification of SBI results from its large area of natural marsh and smaller areas of acidic marsh. There has also been tree and scrub planting in association with dry neutral grassland. The catchment has two distinct areas and on both of these the watercourses have been substantially engineered. The Crossens area comprises three main watercourses: the Sluice rising to the east of Rufford, Middle (also known as Back) Drain which drains the central area of mosslands and three pools which rises in the south east corner in Ormskirk and flows north eastwards, skirting Sourthport. Within the Crossens area approximately 13083 hectares of coastal zone have been designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), due to the international importance of the sand dunes along the Sefton Coast. The dunes are also designated as a candidate Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and as a Special Protection Area (SPA).
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 2000
Publication Place: South Preston
Subject Keywords: Local action plans (EA)Environmental managementRiversWater levelsWater abstractionHabitat improvement
Geographic Keywords: Alt Crossens catchmentAlt (Merseyside)Merseyside
Extent: 74
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