"Caerlaverock -
where the unique balance of agriculture, wildfowling and conservation brings people and wildlife together for the benefit of both."

© SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on 01738 444777 or at www.snh.gov.uk

Flora

Turbulent currents of the tidal NithThe turbulent currents of the tidal Nith create a challenging habitat for flora.

The swirling waters fashion the shape of the merse (salt marsh) creating an ever changing environment where plants struggle to grow. Only certain plants can survive these conditions and those that do - 'pioneer plants,' somehow manage to establish a foothold on the compact mud nearest the shore where they begin to grow and strengthen. And as they grow they trap more mud and silt which enables other plants to thrive there too. The most common 'pioneer plant' is glasswort which is soon joined by saltmarsh grass and sea spurrey. Thrift and sea milkwort can also be found.

"The significance of Caerlaverock cannot be underestimated, falling as it does within an internationally recognised group of high profile wetlands that include the Waddenzee in Holland, the Camargue in the South of France and the Ebro Delta in Spain. The inclusion of Caerlaverock in such company reinforces the message that it can be considered as one of the best sites in Europe." - SNH

 


Main photo - © SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on
01738 444777 or at www.snh.gov.uk

 


web site by Creative Station in partnership with Carol Carr PR.