Can we create saltmarsh?

Hannah Mossman’s presentation to the SPS Council and invited guests on 3rd March bubbled with enthusiasm for the subject, and clear technical understanding.It was yet another step in the efforts of SPS to understand the issues arising from saltmarsh loss in the Solent. This interest was focussed in a conference that SPS organised in 2008. (click  here to view the conference proceedings)

Hannah Mossman
Hannah Mossman

Many of us have heard of grand coastal realignment schemes such as that £25 million project at Medmerry near Selsey. Such things are way beyond the scope of small charities such as SPS. But Hannah’s efforts to improve the quality of newly created saltmarsh were on a much more modest scale-but no less important. She is trying to re create the conditions in which marsh flowers can thrive so that the new saltmarsh can reproduce that which is being lost to coastal squeeze.

It was fascinating, and may even have shown a way in which local people con collaborate to help get the best from Coastal projects.

The slideshow from Hannah’s presentation can be viewed by clicking here.