Saltmarsh ecosystems are widely distributed around the globe and are the focus of much research due to their importance to wildlife, people and the functions they perform. They are under threat, however, as centuries of over-exploitation, habitat modification and pollution have led to their degradation and biodiversity losses.
The Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability consortium (2012-2016) involved researchers from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. One of its outputs was the Saltmarsh App, developed by the University of St Andrews, Bangor University and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.
With the aid of The Saltmarsh App, a UK-wide group of marine scientists are asking interested individuals and groups to investigate the salt marshes which surround our coast. Once you download the free, mobile app, you can carry out an interactive plant and soil survey.