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Estuaries

Estuaries are partially enclosed areas of water on the coast were there is mixing of fresh and salt water and are effected by tides. There are many variants of estuaries including bays, lagoons, harbours, inlets, sounds, river/stream mouths and brackish/saltwater wetlands. Estuaries are highly productive environment of plants and animals.
They provide important habit for birds, shellfish, fish, mammals and other wildlife. Including spawning grounds for fish and shellfish, nurseries for juvenile fish and shell fish to grow, feeding and resting sites for migratory birds.
Estuaries are threatened by drainage and development around their margins and activities in their catchments which can increase inputs of sediment and nutrients.

This page provides useful resources to help you get started with your estuary restoration projects.

For more general information on getting started with restoration go to Getting Started.

This page provides Links to information about monitoring techniques especially for estuaries and coastal wetlands.

For more general techniques and monitoring planning go to Monitoring

This page provides links to resources to help you decide what and how to plant in your coastal wetland or waterway. For general advice on eco sourcing, growing or planting, go to planting page.

Fundamental to the health of estuaries is restoration of the waterways in the catchments to prevent sediments and nutrients from washing downstream.