Pictures of the salt marsh which fringes the RSPB reserve at Arne in Dorset. The wooded reserve is on the inner edge of Poole Harbour – said to be the second largest natural harbour in the world. Walking out onto the marsh is not possible but it can be seen from the raised bird hide, from paths through the trees, and along the short stretch of tidally exposed foreshore at Shipstal Point. I saw vast expanses of flowering Sea Lavender on my July visit. Some of it seems a deeper colour and with larger flowers than I am familiar with from other locations such as Gower. I am wondering if there are two species present.

7 Replies to “Salt Marsh at Arne 1”

  1. Thank you, Linda. I am hoping that the next time I visit the tide will be low, and then I will be able to walk along the shore to a place where I can get up close to the salt marsh. It is a matter of timing.

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  2. I’ve driven past salt marshes in Florida and Georgia but never when I can take the time to exit the expressway and see them up close. They are so appealing. I’m glad you caught them and will return for more.

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  3. Thank you, Linda. Yes, I would like to get up really close as far as it is safe to do so. I have been looking at publications with descriptions of what saltmarsh plant life to look out for.

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  4. I used to commute on the train and see the mudflats and marshes of the harbour too. There used to be so many birds feeding in the early days. Nothing like it now. But Arne is still a great place to visit for birds and other wildlife. I love going there when I can. I used to visit a lot when I lived in Wareham and when I was still driving.


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