Britain's Habitats- Salt Marsh
Last week I went to one of the RSPB's reserves Frampton Marsh which is next to the coast of the wash. Here you can encounter some of the reserves unique bird and plant life. The reserve is mostly made up of wetlands, reedbeds and large freshwater scrapes but backs up to the salt marsh next to the river Witham mouth.
Above: Far end of the reserve overlooking the scrapes
Above: Start of the journey to the Witham Mouth
Salt Marsh supports a number of different communities. Salt-tolerant plants can been seen covering the raised islands that make up the Salt Marsh. Nearly 300 species of invertebrate are associated with Salt Marsh and is important for breeding wildfowl and waders. Salt Marsh is also important to several fish as the creeks make good nursery's.
Salt Marsh begins as mudflat which typically is unvegetated but on sheltered parts of the coast the mud become raised into mini islands above the water level were Salt Marsh plants can grow and gradually merges into the sea.
Above: Mudflat turning into Salt Marsh
Above: Oyster Catcher