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Bradwell Cockle Spit

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Bradwell Cockle Spit on the Dengie peninsula consists of some 30 acres of shell bank together with extensive saltmarsh. The spit has been built up by tidal currents and is mainly cockle and oyster shells. Little Terns, Ringed Plovers and Oystercatchers breed on the shell banks. The more stable parts of the shell banks support a rich flora. The barges sunk just offshore are there to protect the saltmarsh and seawall from erosion.

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17th Oct 2008 by Karen Davies

Subjects:
Biology, Geography, Science

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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Bradwell Dengie Essex saltmarsh shellbank erosion cockle spit

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