Nature conservation and estuaries in Great Britain
Davidson, N.C., et al.
A detailed compendium of information about the natural aspects of British estuaries and the threats they face. Includes geomorphology, hydrology, food-webs, estuarine classification, estuarine habitats, flora and fauna, conservation of British estuaries and the threats posed.


Estuaries are wetlands that form at the margins of the land and sea. This straddling of boundaries, coupled with the continual movement of the tide and the mixing of fresh and salt water, makes estuaries complex and variable ecosystems. The continual input, trapping and recycling of sediments and nutrients make estuaries amongst the most fertile and productive ecosystems in the world.
Because of this uniquely varying set of physical, chemical and biological conditions, estuaries support abundant and varied wildlife, much of it highly dependent on estuaries for part or all of their lives, and making them of great conservation value.
The Nature Conservancy Council's Estuaries Review was established in 1988 in response to widespread concern about the threats to British estuarine ecosystems. Its overall aim was to provide guidance for the development of strategies for the conservation of British estuaries in the future.
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ISBN 0 86139 708 8
Please cite as: Davidson, N.C., et al., (1991), Nature conservation and estuaries in Great Britain, ISBN 0 86139 708 8