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Nature between Ebb and Flood. The Zwin: from Sea-Inlet to Nature Reserve
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Nature between Ebb and Flood. The Zwin: from Sea-Inlet to Nature Reserve

(Guido Burggraeve) The Low Countries - 2003, № 11, pp. 47-53

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The story of a remarkable nature reserve in West Flanders, reduced to its present size by centuries of silting and reclamation. It is a relic of a sea-inlet which once extended to Bruges. The mud flats of the Zwin are still submerged by every tide, the Zwinschorre, salt-marsh, only by spring and / or storm tides. It is to this regular direct contact with salt water that the exceptional natural and historical value of the reserve can be attributed. Hence the author's plea for the maintenance of this valuable inter-tidal area.

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