Salt marshes are failing in their bid to help meet UK conservation targets

In order to meet European legislation requirements, salt marshes were constructed in the UK in order to meet various conservation targets. However, a recent study has warned that the salt marshes are not doing all that they were intended to, and that they are failing to help the UK to meet its conservation targets.

Salt marshes are very important along the coastline of the country for providing refuge, habitat, and food for fish. They are also important for the survival of various invertebrates as well as birds. There are various flowering plants which live in the area, and they are capable of tolerating the salty conditions.

A study has been conducted by scientists working out of the University of East Anglia, and they have looked at 18 different marshes that were man-made. These marshes started construction in 1991, and were specifically created in order to match the biological characteristics of natural marshes.

Salt marshes have many environmental benefits, including protection of the coastline from erosion. They are also useful in preventing flooding in certain areas, and also protect water quality in others. A great deal of coastal erosion is happening in the south of the country, and over a long time, this could threaten serious areas of land.

The installation of man-made salt marshes, can help prevent this, but what is clear is that they are not doing everything that they were intended to do initially. More action needs to be taken in order to make them an effective deterrent against erosion, and provide wildlife with what it needs. No plans have been drawn up as yet in order to address the problem.