Canute Lagoon

Year Implemented

2012

Project Type

Regulated tidal exchange

Country

United Kingdom

Location

Esk

Longitude

-3.02694411478973

Latitude

54.9648892541319

Habitat(s) Created
  • Lagoon

  • Saltmarsh

Size

9 Hectares

Why Undertaken
  • Biodiversity Enhancement

  • Habitat Creation

Project Description Summary

Undertaken by the Castletown Estate, this scheme was encouraged by the RSPB and funded through agri-environment payments by Natural England.

Construction started in 2012 under the banner of ‘Project Canute’, and involved 32 days of bulldozing, creating a man-made creek to divert freshwater away from the area.

Some 5 ha of lagoons was dug, up to 1.5m deep.

A sluice with a self-regulating tide gate was installed (the design also installed at Black Hole Marsh and Lymington).

By 2018, the site was well established, sporting a variety of marine life, including saltmarsh plants, small fish and shrimps.

With the latter come a mix of migratory and other bird species, such as barnacle geese, egrets, herons, little ringed plover, redshank and oystercatcher.

Vegetation is controlled by occasionally raising water levels (Geertsema, 2018).

Documents/References uploaded
References
  • Geertsema, Henk, 2018. Agriculture worth its salt. In: Land and Business, January 2018. P. 30-31


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