Special rules apply in the vast bay where the electricity generated by the offshore wind farm Race Bank comes ashore via two heavy export cables. The Wash really is a unique nature reserve, a series of vast salt marshes that, under the influence of strong tidal effects, alternate between being exposed and being completely covered in water. The Wash is a great habitat for all sorts of birds, feeding on the abundantly available shellfish and marine life. An estimated 400,000 birds find shelter here, with another 2 million migratory birds visiting the area during their annual migration. Reason enough for becoming a protected European bird conservation area. Besides, the area also acts as a natural buffer against floods. Not only the fauna, also the local flora makes this area very special. The contracting authorities therefore imposed very strict working conditions. 

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