An assessment of saltmarsh erosion in Essex, England, with reference to the Dengie Peninsula

G. C. Harmsworth, S. P. Long

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Abstract

The Essex coastline has a total of about 5000 ha of saltmarsh, of which Dengie Peninsula is the largest single marsh forming a part of a Grade 1 SSSI of international importance. Previous work and casual observations have suggested a loss of saltmarsh in this area. This study was undertaken to quantify this change by comparing aerial photographs taken over a 21-year period. The results showed heavy losses, amounting to approximately 10% of the area, although small areas of accretion of saltmarsh were noted. The information is discussed in terms of present remedial work and the need for further preventative measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-387
Number of pages11
JournalBiological Conservation
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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