Cheetham Wetlands consists of lagoons and saltmarsh of varying salinity levels created through the activities of a Saltworks that used to operate in the area. Deliberate creation of a number of relatively shallow ponds provides an environment which attracts many birds who like to feed on vegetation, insects, larvae and other small animals both in the water and on the pond floor.
At different times, Cheetham Wetlands has been home to over two hundred species of birds. Many birds return year after year, travelling 9,000 - 19,000 km to this wetland habitat to feed and roost in the area. These birds breed mainly in the northern hemisphere during June and July and migrate southwards between July and November.
The Wetlands are protected, through international agreements, as important habitats for wildlife and are not open to the public. The only way to view the wetlands is from the observation tower.
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Flora/Fauna, Nature based, Wildlife