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Porlock Marsh - 10 Facts on Marshes

Porlock Marsh is changing- here’s some facts on marshes

A drop-in session to view new ideas for the future of Porlock Marsh is to be held on Wednesday 17 September between 3pm and 7pm in Porlock Village Hall following plans for a new development project near our holiday cottages on Exmoor.
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 - Porlock Manor Estate and The National Trust together with Porlock Parish Council, Exmoor National Park (who also funded the project) and Natural England.  Among other things, the Group is working to consider how the access and visiting experience could be improved for visitors and local residents alike.

10 top facts on marshes :

There are two kinds of marsh: freshwater marshes and saltwater marshes.
Freshwater marshes occur in low-lying ground alongside rivers and lakes where the water level is always near the soil surface.
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.
Free-floating plants like duckweed and frogbit are common in marshes. In rivers they’d be washed away.
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-meadow grass are common. Reeds and rushes grow where it is least salty.
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.

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