• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

An investigation of a wetland ecosystem: Cley Marshes in Norfolk.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

An investigation of a wetland ecosystem: Cley Marshes in the Norfolk. How the ecosystem is managed The Cley marshes are exceptionally well managed. The marsh is extremely well managed because it is a very rare habitat, where species breed each year. Each of the four habitats within the ecosystem are being managed, on of these are the reed beds. The reed beds are cut every 2/3 years on a rotational cycle to vary the age of the reeds. This enables the biodiversity to greaten. Furthermore, silt is collected around the base of the reeds and dries out, which allows other plants to root; this is not good quality for the wildlife so they are separated. ...read more.

Middle

The land is grazed by tenant farmers, who also bring income to the land. Managing the drainage ditches plays a significant role in the ecosystem. The drainage ditches are dredged to keep plants out and sediment is removed to permit the water to flow freely. The fertilisers used for surrounding the agriculture is washed into the ditches, which causes and enhance in algae growth. This influences problems, as the algae can become poisonous. In addition, the level of sodium in the water is also monitored to make sure that slat is not entering the ecosystem, as the plants are halophobic. Last of all, the scrapes are managed by monitoring the level of water. Y it is managed This ecosystem is rightly managed because it is a unique and rare ecosystem. ...read more.

Conclusion

If however, there were no birds this would mean the ecosystem is not working in order. The area is also highly successful in attracting a large number of tourists each year, in particular bird watchers. Bird watchers flood in from all over the world, this results in a valuable income for the local village, which only had a population of 350. in Norfolk 50% of the population are over 60 so they do not generate much. Most of the local income is gained through locally running bed and breakfast, hotels, shops and pubs - particularly as farming creates not much of an income in the county. Human activities - tourists/visitors - litter, pollution, erosion, scaring away the birds. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Living Things in their Environment section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Living Things in their Environment essays

  1. Estimating the population of non-grass plants on the school fields.

    This was simply dividing the total by the number of samples, in this case; 10. I will show an example of how I did this; this is how I worked-out the average for the Daisies: 169/ 10=16.9 The finally I worked out was the total estimate of the plants on the rugby pitch.

  2. An Investigation into the water quality of the River Banwell in

    When rain reaches the ground, a complex process occurs and the unavoidable effect is that the pollutants run into the water body. Even before human intervention this process of rain bringing pollutants into the rivers existed. Rainfall would pick up soil particles causing local streams and rivers to become muddy and unusable.

  1. Branded Bleach is more effective at killing E. coli than Non branded bleach - ...

    Area of inhibition zones/ mm�(2 significant figures) Concentration/% Branded bleach (Domestos) Non-Branded bleach (Somerfield) 0 0 0 25 520 410 50 1400 800 75 1800 990 100 2000 1500 Conclusion From these results it appears that, as expected, Domestos is more effective at killing E.coli than Somerfield's own brand and

  2. An Investigation to find the Effect of Distance from the Sea on the Number ...

    * Biochemical reactions are controlled by enzymes. Changes in pH and temperature affect the rate of enzyme-controlled reactions. Extreme temperatures and pHs can lead to denaturing of enzymes and other protein. * Water moves in and out of cells by osmosis.

  1. explain why Antarctica is so special and therefore why we need to protect it, ...

    the liquid dissolves in a new environment, the minerals are now deposited as a solid. MAGMATIC SEGREGATION- as magma cools, the minerals that have been brought up from inside the Earth separate in the magma because each of them has different densities.

  2. How does saltation affect the sand dune ecosystem?

    which results in its low mineral content, it is unstable and very low in humous (humous holds the soil together, acts as a fertilizer and aids in water retention). The climatic factors of these embryo dunes are the high wind speed and the tide.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work