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Why is the area being protected?
· A sea wall needed repairing but the Essex Wildlife Trust and the
Environment Agency agreed the best option was to flood.
· The land is agricultural low value land which is cheap to use. The land
would be used as a salt marsh and it would be allowed to flood.
· It's easier to maintain a salt marsh than a sea wall.
· It will help restore dynamic equilibrium to replace sand and rebuild
· To protect the neighbouring land counter walls were put in to protect
them in 2002 when the first big flood followed shortly after.
· The land is allowed to flood which creates a salt marsh.
· Agricultural land is bought and let to flood. It creates a salt marsh which
has a lot of benefits for the environment. It reduces erosion as the salt
marsh reduces the force of the waves at low tide.
· The Wildlife Trust: `The 700 acre farm shows how sustainable coastal
defences can lead to the creation of coastal marshes which are vital for
the future of both wildlife and people.'…read more
Costs, benefits and sustainability
· It' requires less maintenance as it is a natural process.
· It's a cheap defence as the land is used for agriculture so it's of cheap
· Because it's a natural process it looks natural and fits in with the
· Dynamic equilibrium is maintained as the beach is naturally restored by
· New ecosystems and habitats are created for the wildlife.
· It's a sustainable defence as it doesn't need constantly maintaining.…read more