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Monitoring the development of intertidal habitats on former agricultural land after the managed realignment of coastal defences at Tollesbury, Essex, UK

Garbutt, R. A.; Reading, C. J.; Wolters, M.; Gray, A. J.; Rothery, P.. 2006 Monitoring the development of intertidal habitats on former agricultural land after the managed realignment of coastal defences at Tollesbury, Essex, UK. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 53. 155-164. 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2005.09.015

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Abstract/Summary

The managed realignment of coastal defences and subsequent creation of intertidal habitats is one of several ‘soft’ engineering options that could reduce the costs of maintaining embankments and at the same time deliver environmental benefits. The managed realignment at Tollesbury was one of the first in the UK, undertaken as an experimental test case to improve understanding of the practical techniques and processes involved. Independent studies were undertaken on the development of soils, benthic invertebrates and vegetation within the site in addition to methods of enhancing the process of natural colonisation of saltmarsh plants. Bathymetric and vegetation monitoring were undertaken on the adjacent estuary to determine any breach effect that may be attributed to the realignment. This paper summarises the results from the vegetation, sedimentation and invertebrate monitoring and discusses the implications for other managed realignment schemes in the UK

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2005.09.015
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Other
CEH Sections: _ Population & Conservation Ecology
ISSN: 0025-326X
Additional Keywords: Managed realignment, Restoration, Salt marshes, Sediments, Benthos, Monitoring
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 03 Jul 2007 13:27
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/333

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