Flora of Northern Ireland

Salt marshes

Salt marshes form on muddy shores, especially in estuaries or sea loughs. The plants of a salt marsh are adapted to withstand regular tidal inundation and high salinity.Saltmarsh at Ballymacormick

Characteristic species of this habitat are:

Farther back from the shore, a salt marsh frequently grades into freshwater marsh and species such as Phragmites australis, Eleocharis palustris, Carex disticha etc can become dominant.