North Norfolk has some of the most extensive and best Salmarshes in western Europe. These are primarily area of tidal marshes often protected by sand and shingle spits which get inundated by the tides twice daily. The plants here are specially adapted to the extream conditions, having to endure inundation by the sea and often harsh temperature and environmental changes in both summer and winter. These Halophytes are limited in species with only about 30 plant species occuring on the Saltings, but ecologically the huge variety of environmental conditions make the species compositions of these plants in their natural envirenment the shapes, forms and varieties of these plants very diverse and rarely uniform. These marshes are the home and feeding grounds for important numbers of birds. I have also been carrying out a project to document these plants when the tide is in, see Gallery Saltmarshes Underwater.