Saltmarsh re-creation

27th October 2010, Wednesday

The land south of Rye Harbour village only built up since the Martello Tower (at the car park) was constructed on a shingle spit 200 years ago. As the next shingle ridge developed along the current shoreline the sheltered intertidal area became a large and remote area of saltmarsh. During the last 60 years it has changed dramatically as the land was claimed for agriculture during the post war years, first grazing and then intensive arable. Now the saltmarsh is being re-created as part of the Environment Agency’s see defence works – click here for more detail.
These aerial photos show some of the changes that are being reversed – loss of saltmarsh creeks and shingle features in the fields.
1950
1950

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1979
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1984
New saltmarsh creeks being made this week…
saltmarsh creek