Wader sculptures unveiled along Morecambe Bay coast


Seven sculptures of coastal waders have been installed at sites around Morecambe Bay.

They have been designed and made by Ulverston-based artist and metalworker Chris Bramall of CB Arts. The sculptures contain information panels which provide backgrounds to each of the species featured.

Seven wader sculptures can be found at different sites in Morecambe Bay (Westmoreland Gazette).

Susannah Bleakley, Chief Executive of Morecambe Bay Partnership, said: "Morecambe Bay is one of the top three places in the UK for wintering birds. It’s vast shining sands are a rich larder for wading birds like Northern Lapwing, Red Knot and Eurasian Curlew.

"Hundreds of thousands of birds use Morecambe Bay, with some species favouring certain sites; such as Potts Corner, at Middleton, being particularly good for murmurations of Red Knot and Dunlin. We want everyone to look out and enjoy seeing birds, yet also to give them space when they are resting at high tide."

Each sculpture features a bird associated with that particular location and they can be found at: Warton Sands (Northern Lapwing); Bolton-le-Sands (Eurasian Curlew); Hest Bank (Common Shelduck); Half Moon Bay, Heysham (Common Redshank); Potts Corner, Middleton (Dunlin); Plover Scar, near Cockerham (Ringed Plover) and Fluke Hall/Pilling, Wyre (Eurasian Oystercatcher).

To compliment the panels, Morecambe Bay Partnership has produced a leaflet featuring the illustrations, which have already proved popular. The partnership is encouraging people to visit them all and take selfies which can be posted on social media using the hashtag #seabirdselfies.