Regulated tidal exchange
Terrestrial habitat (estimate based on aerial image)
This RTE forms part of one of the largest coastal wetland creation projects in the UK, the 'Steart Coastal Management Project'. It was undertaken by the Environment Agency with advice and site management by the Wildlfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT). This large scale project was divided into three 'management compartment'; two of these (initially labelled 'D' and 'E') were earmarked for intertidal habitat creation, and one for freshwater wetland creation (compartment 'B'). Area D, the managed realignment compartment ('Steart Marsh'), has a OMReg database record. Area E ('Otterhampton Marsh') is a 84 ha tidal exchange area linked to the estuary by a culvert. The overall project area is 475 ha, including extensive freshwater and terrestrial components.