On plates and silts it is a coming and going of sand. In a healthy estuary there is a balance: in the event of a storm, high waves blow up the sand from silts and plates and let it run away to the gullies, and when the weather is calm, the tidal current compensates for the loss: it grinds the sand from the gullies to absorb every grain: the gullies need sand.
Every year, the sand hunger nibbles around 100 football fields from the drying silts, plates and salt marshes. Without intervention, almost everything would have disappeared by the end of this century. Birds already have to eat from a smaller table. Seals are losing their habitat. A lot is also lost for people: the gem of Zeeland loses its shine.
Also, the crumbling of sandbanks no longer slow down the waves; they’re beating the dikes behind them with more force. In this way, the dikes are more severely affected, which can endanger safety in and around the Eastern Scheldt.
In this video, grey plovers Duko and Pien explain sand starvation. Only in Dutch avaliable.