Where the sea used to be and now is again…

Cwm Ivy vistaThe National Trust, for whom I work, took the brave decision to allow the sea to re-claim farmland which was annexed by a sea wall in the 1600’s.  In a very short space of time a complex ecosystem has emerged with a range of small mudflat creatures attracting otters, breeding lapwing and, hopefully in time, breeding osprey.

Cwm Ivy saltmarshSometimes it’s good to let nature just do it’s thing…


About Mike Howe

I am an ecologist and a composer of guitar based instrumental melodies signed to the Real Music label in California. I like to write about my work, music and nature conservation and how it all comes together. I try not to write about things I don't know much about.
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15 Responses to Where the sea used to be and now is again…

  1. Wonderful! – Hope you are doing just as well, dear Mike.
    Much love,

  2. Nature is so very able to reclaim herself. Here, developers want to invade an area along one of the few year-round rivers in Arizona, the only one is the southern desert area. If they do so, the river will be sucked dry. A big battle coming up!

    • Mike Howe says:

      Hope all goes well with that battle Emilie, it sounds like one that must be won and it’s unbelievable that battles like that still need to be fought

  3. Leya says:

    Here we are also restoring wetlands in some places – and as you say, we are greatly rewarded in new life! Let us hope this will continue.

  4. Pat says:

    Another step forward! We may get there yet. Glad to hear the National Trust is thinking along these lines. And maybe I need to take a closer look at who they are and what they, re doing. I just might learn something. 🙂

  5. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Great to see nature allowed to return.

  6. I agree! There has been so much land (especially wetlands) taken away and turned into “parking lots” as Joni Mitchell sang. It’s good to see some of it returned to nature. A lot of people think wetlands are wasted but they hold so much life!!!

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