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East Lane Bawdsey - Southern Shingle Street   June 9 2008

 

 

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!

September 2007 update

 

June 28 2005  Shingle Street

July 30 2005   Shingle Street

 

June 9 East Lane 2008

Flags site

Ian Murray's photos

 

 

 

Whilst to the south of the car park at East Lane, Bawdsey, is the closed coastal path and the erosion around the Martello Tower, to the north lies the southern extremity of Shingle Street, and the lagoon-filled lowlands behind, seen above.

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The lagoons are regular in shape .. but are now softened by time and provide a magnet for birdlife.

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The hard defences at East Lane shelter military bunkers, but also contain stretches of recurved sea wall and, more recently, large quantities of rip-rap .. and even some remnant wooden groynes.

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The sea shelves rapidly here; the shingle foreshore is not a beach worthy of the name and the strong currents that brought this material from the north are lethal for anyone attempting to bathe here, I should think.

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Shingle Street was undoubtedly an island not particularly long ago. The remnants of the channels that marked its boundaries still exist in disjointed form. Note the legacy sea wall.

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