Industry and Nature in Harmony

Saltmarsh

Coastal saltmarsh generally forms on sheltered coasts between the level of mean high water spring and mid neap tides.  Saltmarsh develops when salt tolerant plants colonise intertidal mud and sand flats.  There are approximately 630 hectares of saltmarsh on the Humber, accounting for only 2% of estuarine area compared to a national average of 6%.  This is due to large historical losses from land claim.  The composition of Humber saltmarsh is also unusual compared to other UK estuaries. 

For more information on Humber saltmarsh, including threats and management, please download the saltmarsh fact sheet .