Assessing the Damage
The Eyot has been damaged by natural erosion processes including bank slumping, rainfall against the banks, incoming and outgoing tides, repeated saturation and draining of the soil, and of course animal burrows. Some of the burrows appear rather old, they may have been used by a large population of rats or water voles. Many of the holes on the west side look like they were made by Chinese mitten crabs however no active burrows have been observed so far. The reed bed on the east side has caused additional erosion to the steep bank (see the green roots in the photo below).