RSPB against a Severn Barrage – “Reef better than Barrage”
According to the RSPB “A new tidal power scheme could safeguard wildlife and generate more clean energy from the Severn Estuary than a 10-mile barrage, a report says. A tidal reef, a longer dam, further downstream, would be less costly than a Cardiff to Weston barrage and keep intact most of the estuary’s saltmarshes and mudflats on which at least 68,000 birds feed in winter. The reef would operate for longer and have more underwater turbines than a conventional barrage, but turbines would be slower moving, minimising the danger to migrating salmon and eels”.
RSPB Media Release
Atkins Tidal Reef Report