Protected coastal habitats being lost to sea level rise and development

The UK has lost swathes of protected intertidal habitat since 1945 and continues to lose at least 60 hectares every year, according to a study by the RSPB

Salt marsh at Poole, Dorset. Photograph: Helen Hotson/123RF
Marshes support critical species but are declining in extent and quality due to climate change and development. Photograph: Helen Hotson/123RF

Important protected habitats such as salt marsh, mud flats, lagoons and sand dunes are declining in condition and number, according to the RSPB.

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