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Saltmarsh restoration handbook


This detailed handbook was produced as part of the cross-agency Restoring Meadow, Marsh and Reef (ReMeMaRe) initiative. It aims to provide practical guidance on restoring and creating saltmarsh habitat across the UK and Ireland. It brings together advice on planning and implementing such schemes with case studies and lessons from previous examples.

It includes the following chapters:
An introduction to what saltmarsh is, why it is important, the threats to saltmarsh habitat and the concept of restoring resilient and well-functioning saltmarsh (Chapter 1);
Information about starting a restoration project including choosing a site, project planning, choosing a design and calculating the benefits of restoring saltmarsh (Chapter 2);
An overview of the consents and licences likely to be required and key organisations to contact about licensing (Chapter 3); An outline of how to effectively communicate a restoration project before, during and after changes are made (Chapter 4); and
A non-technical summary of the different approaches and methods to restoring saltmarsh habitat, and advice regarding monitoring and maintenance (Chapter 5).


Guidance type/project stage

  • Ecosystem creation
  • Governance
  • Implementation
  • Ecosystem management
  • Monitoring and assessment
  • Planning
  • Ecosystem restoration


  • Coastal and marine
  • Saltmarsh

Challenges addressed

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Biodiversity
  • Food production
  • Health, wellbeing & cultural value
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Natural flood management
  • Water quality

Source | Environment Agency

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