Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Intentional Flooding of the Tamar

The Tamar river forms a natural boundary between the English counties of Cornwall and Devon. A section of land at Cotehele Quay, is being intentionally flooded (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/sep/14/let-the-river-run-breaching-tamars-banks-a-boon-for-wildlife-and-climate). Cotehele Quay is now owed by the National Trust. The land was marginal agricultural property that had been reclaimed in Victorian times. The intentional flooding will encourage colonisation by birds and mammals. It will also keep the river Tamar cleaner and should reduce seasonal more extensive flooding from storm surges. We need more of this type of 'managed retreat', if we are to deal with climate change.

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