Save The Ribble

A blog dedicated to preserving the beauty and delicate ecosystem of the River Ribble, and opposing the Riverworks 'vision' to build a barrage on our River and develop on our riverbanks, floodplains and green spaces, causing damage to wildlife and the environment and increasing the risk of flooding to our homes. Save the Ribble Campaign is not responsible for the content of external blogs or websites which link here.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Photographs of The River Ribble - Greenbelt Under Threat.

The River Ribble and the allotments, fields and countryside around it are fantastically beautiful - our councils have failed to publicise how beautiful it is - the Riverworks proposals will destroy this quiet beauty and the vital inter-tidal wildlife habitat.
Pictures by Reigh Belisima and Atlantic Salmon unless otherwise named.

The River Ribble shining in the sunlight on a spring morning, taken from the Preston Tram Bridge.
You can double-click on any of the pictures to see them in more detail...

A Redshank at low tide, taken from the riverbank near Fishergate Hill and Liverpool Road Bridge at Broadgate.

Footprints left by wading birds - the tidal mudflats are an essential habitat for a huge variety of birdlife.

Cliff Fazackerley, chairman of the Ribble Link Trust said a barrage would give "obvious" benefits to "local people" who would be "able to look at a constant water level rather than horrid mudbanks, which are left once the tide has receded" (Lancashire Evening Post letters page 28/2/2006)

Local people enjoying a walk in an area our council describes as "Bleak, barren and undeveloped" and "severely underutilised". (Quality Riverside document 01, Preston Riverworks)

The Ribble at low tide, taken from Penwortham Old Bridge, between Broadgate and Leyland Road. These mudflats in Broadgate support numerous bird species.

Thanks to Greg for this wonderful picture of the mist rising from the Ribble.

Thanks to Bob W. for these three pictures of the Ribble...

this one 7th February 2006...

7th March ...

and 2nd May 2006. More of Bob's beautiful pictures and the story of his own special connection with the Ribble can be found on Tales from the Riverbank

Scrubland on the Penwortham green belt contributes a vital addition to the range of habitats in this area, and this particular patch is home to a Heronry. Winter 2005/6.

Penwortham Old bridge during heavy rain, March 2006.

Ribchester March 2006

Preston City Council say this is a river which "has lost it's identity" !!!(Quality Riverside document 01, Preston Riverworks)



At 2:11 pm, Anonymous Evie said...

As a resident of Leyland Road for all my life, I know the true beauty of the ribble. I am 13 but I still understand how important the river and it's wildlife is. But also while me and my father were discussing this we noted some things:
1) The fact our homes would be back on the floodplain, and therefore insurance would cost more, or we may not get insurance against flood damage
2) Penwortham holme- the popular place for children's football team could become houses or a floodplain
3) All the remaining beauty of our area (I.E. the fields popular with dog walkers) would become new homes. Now yhat's destorying beauty.

I seriously hope that other residents help with this cause too- The should delevelop Preston from the inside out- not the outside in.
Age 13
PS The Mudbanks descibed as 'ugly' seem to give my two springer spaniels Maggie and Murphy plenty of joy and very muddy coats!!


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