THE TOUCHING THE TIDE LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP IS OVER BUT THERE'S HEAPS HERE SO KEEP EXPLORING YOUR CHANGING COAST!

Saltmarsh in flower, River Alde © SC&H AONB

Saltmarsh

Saltmarsh is a wondrous world of dynamism and beauty. It changes twice a day with the tides which bring in nutrients, but it is also shaped by the seasons, waves and winds.

The animals living within the saltmarsh are beneficial to its evolution. The mucus on worms helps the saltmarsh sediment to stick together and the worms also aerate the saltmarsh helping to take oxygen deep into its layers, assisting plant growth. Take a closer look at its surface and you will see it teeming with life. Full of worms, covered in tiny mud snails and host to mammals and other invertebrates such as crabs. 

Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB is defined by its estuaries - essentially mudflats and saltmarsh. The value of these tranquil refuges for both man and wildlife are overlooked due to their muddy nature! But when saltmarsh bursts into bloom very little rivals its beauty, delicacy and fragility. In 2015 Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB hosted a saltmarsh conference and there is a wealth of information available for you to explore. 

One of Touching the Tide's first projects was a partnership to restore saltmarsh at Falkenham near Felixstowe Ferry.