Great Orcheton Fields

Year Implemented

2007

Project Type

Unmanaged realignment

Country

United Kingdom

Location

Erme

Longitude

-3.9279

Latitude

50.3332

Habitat(s) Created
Size

24 Hectares

Why Undertaken
Project Description Summary

In December 2007, extreme high tides occurred in the estuary as a southwesterly storm surge coincided with sustained rainfall. The swollen river caused a breach in the wall on the eastern side of the estuary. There had been two previous failures of the sea wall but, following a third and final breach, the landowner entered an Environmental Stewardship agreement with Natural England. This land management agreement supported the maintenance of the site as intertidal habitat. The site now has (as of July 2018) a full mix of transitional coastal habitats from bare sand at the breach through areas mud and marsh in the middle shore up to grassland in the upper reaches of the site. There are also areas which are (or at least have been) used for commercial Samphire collecting (see references below). The site does suffer (visually at least) by being a bit of a trap for floating debris from the Erme Estuary (see photos)

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