FD1922 - Long term ecological monitoring of the managed realignment scheme at Tollesbury.

Theme:Strategy and Policy Development
Project status:Completed
Start date:01/04/2003
End date:31/03/2008
  • Coastal Defence,
  • Processes,
  • Flood and Coastal Defence,
  • Land,
  • Environmental Protection
  • Natural Environment Research Council,
  • Centre for Ecology and Hydrology


This report presents the combined results of a continued programme of research into the ecology of the ‘managed realignment’ site at Tollesbury, Essex, on the east coast of the UK. The results should, therefore, be viewed in conjunction with those from the earlier work that was started in 1995, when the area was first exposed to inundation by sea-water, and reported in 2002.

Summary Objective
To monitor the long term natural colonisation of saltmarsh plants and intertidal invertebrates, sediment accretion, strength and stability rates within Tollesbury managed realignment site, Essex UK.

Key Customer Purpose
To improve understanding of biological and physical change following realignment in order to inform future design of such schemes for both coastal management and biodiversity targets.