wildlife watercolours of

Hilary Kington


The salt marsh is an area of coastal grassland regularly flooded by the incoming tide. The low lying land gets flooded twice a day but it takes a high spring tide to cover the entire marsh.

Salt marshes are rich in plant life from the spartina and samphire which dig their roots into the nutritious mud at the low water mark to an abundance of herbs such as sea lavender and sea aster. They attract a host of wildlife from families of roe deer to the many wading birds which come to feed on the mud flats.

My local salt marshes also have another great attraction - they are close to Royal Portbury Dock so I see wonderful wildlife against an exciting backdrop of shipping.

More about this project and lots of sketches on my blog at:

Salt Marsh Sketch Book

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