Coastal saltmarsh and mudflats
How coastal saltmarsh and mudflats are threatened and what we are doing to save them.
Habitats in decline
Coastal saltmarsh and mudflats are two intertidal habitats that are declining in Britain. They are threatened by:
- Land claim
- Erosion and "coastal squeeze"
- Waste tipping
- Oil pollution
- Non-native species such as cord-grass
Saltmarsh and mudflat creation partnership projects
Over the last five years we have:
- Turned 80 hectares of arable land into intertidal habitat at Paull Holme Strays on the Humber.
- Taken part in the Futurecoast project, assessing trends for shoreline evolution around England and Wales over the next 100 years.
- Created seven hectares of saltmarsh as compensatory habitat on the Crouch Estuary, Essex.
- Prepared to create up to 400 hectares of saltmarsh, mudflat and grazing marsh at Alkborough on the Humber.
- Created 60 hectares of saltmarsh habitat at Abbotts Hall, Blackwater Estuary, Suffolk.