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The Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme

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Paddebeek wetland - small scale tidal wetland restoration in the freshwater zone of the Sea Scheldt (Zeeschelde)


Monitoring is still in progress and is included in the global monitoring of the Scheldt estuary (Moneos). Also, a multidisciplinary monitoring program is installed similar to the monitoring of the other restoration projects (Paardenschor, Ketenisse, Heusden-LO): changes in geomorphology (sedimentation-erosion plots (sederoplots), sederoplates, profile measures, orthophotos), sediment characteristics (granulometry, organic %, pigment, physicochemistry), benthos (oligochaeta) and vegetation (mapping and PQ’s). These developments were compared as much as possible to the situation on nearby tidal wetlands.
In the Paddebeek wetland there are four permanent sample locations at one transect perpendicular to the shoreline central in the area (Figure 2: red spots). All sample locations are on the restored site: PA1 and PA2 are on the high marsh terraces (at start of the monitoring resp. on 5.8 and 5.3mTAW), PA3 is at start on the new mudflat terrace (4.8mTAW) and PA4 is near the old dike (4.7mTAW) (Van den Neucker et al. 2007). Two extra transects are used with PQ’s to monitor vegetation (Figure 2: yellow spots).

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