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Morecambe Bay

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Morecambe Bay is a large bay in northern England, with the largest area of intertidal mudflats and sand in the United Kingdom. Towns on the bay include Barrow-in-Furness, Ulverston, Morecambe, and Heysham. It is just to the south of the Lake District National Park.

The rivers Leven, Kent, Keer, Lune and Wyre drain into the Bay.

Morecambe bay is an important wildlife site, with abundant bird life and varied marine habitats, but is also notorious for its quicksand and fast moving tides. There have been royally appointed local guides for crossing the bay for centuries.

The bay has rich cockle beds, which have been fished by locals for generations. In 2004, at least 20 Chinese immigrant cockle pickers drowned after being cut off by the tides. This incident led to some suggestions that the cockle beds should be closed until improved safety measures could be enacted.

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