Estuaries of Great Britain

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Abstract

For its relatively small geographical size, Great Britain (comprising England, Scotland, and Wales and their associated islands) is uniquely well endowed with estuaries, and these vary greatly in their geomorphologic origins, size, shape, extent of freshwater influence, tidal range, and their variety of coastal and marine habitats. They form a major component of the British natural environment and are of major significance for wetland biodiversity conservation and for the many ecosystem services they provide to people.

Keywords

Estuary Tidal flats Saltmarshes Great Britain Waterbirds Land claim Coastal squeeze Managed realignment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Land, Water and SocietyCharles Sturt UniversityAlburyAustralia
  2. 2.Nick Davidson EnvironmentalWigmoreUK

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