National Vegetation Classification survey at WWT Steart Marshes
The aim of their visit was to provide training on the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) survey technique to staff and volunteers, as well as undertake actual surveys using this methodology. WWT Consulting first carried out NVC surveys at Steart in 2015 and last week we re-visited the site for a repeat NVC survey of three areas in the Reserve.The objective of this fieldwork is to identify changes in plant communities to assess progress on the newly created wetland habitats.
Created saltmarsh that can absorb the enormous energy of incoming tidal surges is a crucial component of the long-term flood defence strategy in the area; the 400-hectare wetland creation project at WWT Steart Marshes protects 100,000 properties from flooding – while also being a fantastic habitat for wildlife!
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