The Salt Pans Worth More Than Their Salt
Behind the sea salt that gives life to Ocean Salt and Big Shampoo is one of Europe’s most important estuaries. The Samouco Salt Pans complex on the Tejo Estuary in Portugal is an internationally important site for migrating birds, where they can feed, nest and breed in wetlands, salt pans, and marshes. In the 20th century, these saltmarshes were abandoned in favour of chemically produced salt and cheaper options from France and Spain. Now, they’ve been revived with nature in mind, with traditional hand-harvesting of salt returning to the area to give life to the area in more ways than one.