Porlock Marsh -
Porlock Marsh is changing-
The Porlock shingle ridge was breached in 1996. Since then, Porlock Marsh has evolved and remains a special, if very different, place from what it was before the storm. Over the years the approach has been to let nature "do its thing", but this has raised a number of questions and potential opportunities to ensure that the Marsh becomes and remains a key and unique asset to local communities and businesses, its landowners and Exmoor National Park as a whole. The area is of national importance and designated as a Site of Scientific Interest.
A project has therefore been initiated to develop a future vision for Porlock Marsh and a plan for its development, management and use. This is led by a Steering Group which includes the two main landowners -
10 top facts on marshes :
There are two kinds of marsh: freshwater marshes and saltwater marshes.
Freshwater marshes occur in low-
Freshwater marshes are dominated by plants such as rushes, reeds and sedges.
Sedges are like grass but have solid triangular stems. They grow in damp places near the water’s edge.
Rushes have long cylindrical leaves and grow in tussocks in damp places along the bank.
Reeds are tall grasses with round stems, flat leaves and purplish flowers. They grow in dense beds in open water.
Water horsetails are relics of plants that dominated the vast swamps of the Carboniferous Period 300 million years ago.
Saltwater marshes are flooded twice daily by salty seawater. Cordgrasses and salt-
Where mud is firm, glasswort and seablite take root. Further from the water sea aster and purslane grow. On high banks, sea lavender, sea plantain and thrift bloom.