Restrict pedestrian access
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Walking on marshes or swamps can damage their vegetation, soils and hydrology (e.g. Ross 2006; Woolfolk 1999). Pedestrians are a particular problem when they repeatedly walk on the same area e.g. in popular tourist sites, or when scientists make repeat visits to sample plots. To prevent this damage, pedestrian access to marshes and swamps could be reduced by interventions such as legislation, limits on visitor numbers, voluntary codes, signage and/or ensuring official paths are well maintained.
Ross P.M. (2006) Macrofaunal loss and microhabitat destruction: the impact of trampling in a temperate mangrove forest, NSW Australia. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 14, 167–184.
Woolfolk A.M. (1999) Effects of human trampling and cattle grazing on salt marsh assemblages in Elkhorn Slough, California. Masters Thesis, California State University, USA.