Definition of mudflat in US English:


(also mud flat)


usually mudflats
  • A stretch of muddy land left uncovered at low tide.

    • ‘Between the cliffs and the sea, the rhythmic movement of the tides is forming a new tidal marsh that includes mudflats, tidal creeks, tidal marshes, and tracts of shrubs.’
    • ‘It does have a strong visual allure with its ominous grey skies, cobbled streets and wide stretches of mudflats that look more like an alien landscape than a British seashore.’
    • ‘For those who prefer to stay on shore, Ocean City's bayside overlooks mudflats that harbor waterfowl, shorebirds, and gulls.’
    • ‘Chezzetcook Inlet on the Eastern Shore is an attractive body of water with extensive salt marshes and mudflats, but it has a problem.’
    • ‘New saltmarshes, mudflats and sandflats would evolve and help to form natural sea defences, as well as create a prime location for rare species to make their homes.’
    • ‘The case, to be decided within the next six months, will have major impact on the fate of prairie potholes, natural ponds and mudflats, which provide vital habitat for waterfowl.’
    • ‘Nesting colonies are typically found in mature forests, on islands, or near mudflats, and do best when they are free of human disturbance and have foraging areas close by.’
    • ‘Whimbrels feed singly or in small groups on mudflats at low tide.’
    • ‘The estuary's huge expanses of dunes, mudflats and forest are great for walking, cycling, riding and birdwatching - the wildlife reserve of Marquenterre is internationally known.’
    • ‘In natural conditions, unrestrained beaches and mudflats tend to move inland under rising sea levels and thus avoid steepening.’
    • ‘The bay includes salt marsh, shallow and open water, tidal channels, mudflats and numerous islands, and a freshwater pond.’
    • ‘Low tide left vast mudflats across which landing ships and landing craft could not beach and amphibian tractors could not crawl.’
    • ‘Coastal migrants can often be found along tidal creeks, salt marsh edges, and mudflats, rarely on sandy ocean beaches.’
    • ‘Just a few miles away, on the warm rocky shores and mudflats of the Bay of Panama, life-forms are markedly different.’
    • ‘And then there was a gorgeous sunset over Chalkwell - a red sky illuminating the mudflats at low tide - I really wished that I had had my camera.’
    • ‘Shorelines may be indicated by pebbly or sandy beaches, mudflats, rocky cliffs, or reefs.’
    • ‘The highest number of birds shot were dunlin, a small flocking species typically attracted to foreshore habitat such as the mudflats on Sea Island's western tip.’
    • ‘The study area consists of about 130 ha of saltmarsh bordering the Wadden Sea, which is a huge area of tidal mudflats in The Netherlands.’
    • ‘During migration and winter, they are coastal, foraging on mudflats, salt marshes, estuaries, and coastal pools.’
    • ‘Low tide reveals mile upon mile of sandy beaches and mudflats that provide rich pickings for the thousands of wading birds and wildfowl from neighbouring Leighton Moss and other parts of the bay.’