The Geography Department


The Bawdsey Flags   

March 9 2005  First contact

May 14  2005  Site meeting

May 31  2005  Update


June 21 2005  Expedition to cut weeds

June 28 2005  Job Done!


July 30 2005   - two flags gone and another going!


March 2006 update

July 2006 update


September 2006 update


February 2007 - a new beach!


June 28 2005  Shingle Street

July 30 2005   Shingle Street


Flags site

Ian Murray's photos



September 6 2006




A digger awaits a consignment of rip-rap, to be unloaded from barge within the hour. Some views around the base of the Martello Tower, for reference.

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in the foreground the full-height rip rap has protected the coastline, but for a section of 100 metres or  so the sea has washed through the stone and taken out the low cliffs behind, causing the coastal footpath to be diverted.

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Three more general reference shots; the centre photograph being taken from the steps to the Martello Tower.

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The form of erosion is unchanged, only now the camera is no more, the rate is more conjectural!

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Some shots to act as reference. The centre photographs is not as silly as it seems; both concrete pillboxes just about show up, and as with similar experience at Walton-ion-the-Naze, they do not move!

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Here there has been sheet wash from the arable field, now devoid of the protection of crop cover.  The land here is incredibly light and is vulnerable to sheet and wind erosion. The water has then cut a gully down the cliff.

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A towed barge heads south and, putting two and two together, i rush towards where it might have unloaded some stone.


Out to sea a much larger vessel appears to have mounds of stones, and a JCB, on deck.

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On my rush to the site of the unloading  did pause to record the marsh land behind the shingle coast, and an irrigation pump.

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The rip rap was dropped of from a barge - I presume the one I saw rounding the headland, and then loaded onto trucks for storage in the field just north of the Martello tower.


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The almost-classic view from the web cam .. in this case just from the top of the tower's access steps, whilst trying to ask permission for the shot!


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