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An ecohydrological review of dune slacks on the west coast of England and Wales

Stratford, C.J.; Robins, N.S.; Clarke, D.; Jones, L.; Weaver, G.. 2013 An ecohydrological review of dune slacks on the west coast of England and Wales. Ecohydrology, 6 (1). 162-171. 10.1002/eco.1355

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Abstract/Summary

Coastal dunes are valuable ecological reserves providing a range of ecosystem services from coastal flood defence to recreational amenity. An important feature of dune systems is the slack floors, areas of high ecological value that are closely linked to the prevailing hydrological system in the dunes. Dune slacks are sensitive environments that are impacted by external changes, such as rainfall patterns and foreshore erosion as well as conservation management. Understanding the effects of these influences upon the water balance in a dune system is fundamental to the management of the slacks. Occurrence of seasonal flood depths, area and timing and how far the water table recedes below ground in summer are critical to the flora and fauna that the slacks will support. Change in the hydrological regime directly impacts the ecosystem. Experience is drawn from four sites in Wales and west coast England: Ainsdale on the Sefton Coast, Newborough Warren in North Wales, Whiteford Burrows in South Wales and Braunton Burrows in North Devon. Similarities and differences between the hydroecology of the respective sites highlight common mechanisms and processes and those unique to each site. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1002/eco.1355
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity
CEH Sections: Acreman
ISSN: 1936-0584
Additional Keywords: dune slack, coastal dune, England, Wales, ecohydrology
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Hydrology
Date made live: 16 Jan 2013 17:02 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/21054

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