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Landscape Character Types
An open, low-lying former marshland landscape, with a strong horizontal emphasis and characterised by wide skies and large fields bounded by a grid like pattern of drains and ditches.
Occur along east and north coast.
Low-lying, drained former coastal marshes adjacent to the coast.
Natural / water features:
Drained by series of ditches and dykes.
Vegetation and land use
A relatively uniform landscape characterised by extensive patches of coastal grazing marsh. The ecological importance of this landscape for breeding waders is reflected in the relatively high level of protection.
Primary land use :
Land used for cattle grazing and some arable cultivation.
An open landscape with little or no tree cover.
Sea banks and drainage dykes.
Complex, sinuous historic dyke networks with sea walls. Recent enclosures are generally more rectilinear, while early enclosures are particularly obvious in the Broads and around the Blackwater estuary.
A largely unsettled landscape with domestic buildings only on the fringes.
To be completed at a later date.
Historic development :
This is a landscape created by the drainage of coastal marshlands from the medieval period onwards.
Strong sense of remoteness and tranquillity - often the landscape has a sense of being windswept and desolate.
Open character with few field boundaries.