The Three Representatives Of Duddon Estuary

The Duddon Estuary encompasses around 28 miles or shoreline and hosts many unique examples of flora and fauna. For this occasion, we will list the three most authentic examples that mostly live in this area and spend most of the year in this habitat.

The Natterjack toad is a specie of frog that can be found on the sandy beaches of Europe and they have a unique yellow line down the back, as well as parallel paratoid glands that distinguishes it from a regular toads that we see everywhere. These are 60-70mm in length, have a pair of short legs and have really unique gait that is followed by the rhythmic hopping. The name comes from a distinctive and loud mating call of male frogs that resembles of chatting and therefore the name comes from. The lifetime of these frogs can extend to 15 years, especially when they only eat insects.  Though they can move in vegetation terrain, they are often found in sand and they colonize new places very easily and rapidly. These ca n be found in 17 European countries although one fifth of the whole population is present in the Duddon Estuary.

Euroasian oystercatcher

This wader comes from the oystercatcher family of birds and it can be found from Europe, to Euroasia, Kamchatka and China, while it is the national bird of the Faroe Islands. This bird is 40-45 cm long with the 85cm of the wing span. They are unique by their red legs and red bills that they use for opening molluscs and eating earthworms. The most interesting part, even though their name contains “oyster”, is that these bird do not east oyster on the regular basis. Just the most experienced birds of these species are able to open and eat oysters. Also, the bill shape can vary, as there is no universal size for all birds of this kind.

Salt marsh

The first example of flora is reserved for the unique salt marsh. Salt marsh can grow down and up the water, depending on the level of sedimentation. Usually, these grow out of mud or sand, however the mud and sand are full of healthy and nutritional sediments. This type of grass starts growing once the tide This herb is salt-tolerant and they secure the high level of coastal protection and provide the whole web of food for many terrestrial animals.

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