Biodiversity & Conservation

Pioneer saltmarsh.



Image Steve Morris - LMU.Sm e.g. Salicornia sp. pioneer saltmarsh Image width ca 5 m in foreground.
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Distribution map

LS.LMp.Sm recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)

  • EC_Habitats
  • UK_BAP

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Pioneer saltmarsh communities occur in sheltered and low energy estuaries and embayments around English and Welsh coasts.

Habitat preferences

Temperature range preferences -

Water clarity preferences - Medium clarity / Medium turbidity
Low clarity / High turbidity
Poor clarity / Extreme turbidity

Limiting Nutrients - Nitrogen (nitrates)
Phosphorus (phosphates)

Other preferences -

Additional information

This review can be cited as follows:

Tyler-Walters, H. 2001. Pioneer saltmarsh.. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 09/10/2015]. Available from: <>