Dead trees surrounded by sea water on the Salt Marsh at Porlock, Somerset, during high tide. Image © Stephen Spraggon.

The Salt Marsh Sirens

Porlock, Somerset

In 1996 a storm caused waves to breach the shingle beach at Porlock, allowing salty sea water to flood the fields directly behind the beach. Thereafter the landscape flooded every time there was a high tide. Over the years this inundation of salt water has transformed the area, creating new habitats for birds and wildlife and introducing different types of flora. One of the most prominent markers of this change is the trees which have died and remain as skeletal shapes. I took this picture of them during one of the highest tides of the year when sea water created an inland lake.

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