Salt marshes or “saltings” are areas of coastal grassland regularly flooded by the tide. A unique habitat which attracts a wealth of wildlife.
Twice daily the tide covers the lowest lying land but only on very high spring tides is the top of the marsh flooded. This gives rise to a rich diversity of plant life from the spartina and samphire which dig their roots into the nutritious mud at the bottom of the marsh to an abundance of herbs such as sea lavender and sea aster.
My nearest salt marshes are 2 “pocket sized” marshes on the Severn Estuary, the top end of the Bristol Channel.
Running alongside the marshes is the King Road, a busy deep water shipping channel providing an exciting backdrop of vessels entering and leaving Royal Portbury dock. Either side of this channel are shifting sandbanks and mudflats and it is these food rich areas which are exposed at low tide and attract a host of shoreline birds
Both salt marshes are within sight of Denny Island (a half acre of scrubland in mid channel), the two Severn Bridges and the welsh coastline.
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