Salt Marshes

Salt marshes are among the most biologically productive habitats in the world.  They are responsible for filtering pollutants found in rivers, lakes and oceans.  In Beresford, the marsh helps clean waters from Millstream and Peter's Rivers and Grant and Haché Brooks. In addition, the marsh stabilizes coastal banks, reduces flooding and protects the shores against erosion.

Satyre fauve des MaritimesThis transition zone between water and land abounds with vegetation and animal species that depend on this fragile habitat for their survival.  This is the case of the Maritime Ringlet (Coenonympha tullia nipisiquit) a butterfly that lives in salt marshes and that is found here in Beresford.  Unfortunately, this butterfly has been identified as a threatened species by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).

On June 24, 2002, a stewardship agreement committing the town to protect the Maritime Ringlet and its habitat was signed by Mayor Raoul Charest on behalf of the citizens of Beresford.  A number of interpretation signs describing the butterfly and the Beresford marsh were unveiled on June 24, 2004.
We hope the public will enjoy these magnificent signs which so graphically describe the riches that surround the Beresford salt marsh.