The lower shores of the Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary consists of sand and mud which support rich communities of burrowing fauna and is colonized in places by rare and important eelgrass beds (Zostera marina).
The water quality and the seagrass beds provide ideal conditions for one of the UK’s rarities, the seahorse. The Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary is home to at least one of two British species of seahorse and is considered a hot spot for seahorses on the south coast.
Eelgrass also helps to shore up the loose estuarine sediment and provides important nursery habitats for local fish populations.
Eelgrass is a very sensitive to boat and propeller damage so please always try to avoid these areas and if you are at all likely to damage eelgrass with your engine, please stop and use your oars instead.
The estuary also provides ideal conditions for the fanshell (Atrina fragilis) which is one of the UK’s most threatened species.
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