Factors which influence, or may influence, the important features of
The objectives of the landowners to manage the site for nature conservation.
Seral succession which may be suspended by salinity thus retaining wetland
The relatively high freshwater inputs to the marsh which makes it resilient
The open water exchange to the Bandon River estuary which makes the marsh
resilient to hyposalination.
The sluice gates which can be used to control salinity and water levels within
The decreasing potential for contamination from agricultural run-off as an
increasing proportion of the catchment is taken out of agriculture.
Requirements for habitat creation and improvement outlined in various mitigation
measures and planning conditions relating to past present and future development in the vicinity of the marsh.
- Seral succession which may result in drying-out of wetland features.
- The increasing level of visual and noise disturbance as a result of development
in the vicinity of the marsh.
- The increasing level and potential for direct damage to the features of the
marsh as a result of the increased number of people in the vicinity of the marsh.
- The potential for contamination to the marsh resulting from the continuing
development in the vicinity.
- The unknown status of some of the features of the marsh such as ecotonal
- The difficulty of accessing the marsh in order to carry out routing maintenance
of, for example, the sluice gates, and to carry-out other management tasks.
- The limited range of water depths within the marsh which may limit the range
of specialist lagoonal fauna which inhabit the marsh.
- Continued malfunctioning of the sluice gates leading to excessively high
water levels and salinity levels within the marsh.
- The limited length of shoreline within the marsh, which limits the available
habitat for a number of the important features of the marsh.
- Limited availability of resources for management tasks.