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Wivenhoe  photos taken 1 June 2001

Fingringhoe

 

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Waterside pubs are a great place to spend a sunny Bank Holiday.

 

 

New housing has covered the port area

 

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This area is pretty, but floods up to the doorsteps on high tides.

The Colne Barrier should protect Wivenhoe, and the Colne River up as far as Colchester, from high tides and storm surges.

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Wivenhoe frontage, with its pub, sailing interest, and the attraction of the river itself. This photo is large!

 

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Fingringhoe

 

   

There are microenvironments within the salt marsh, mostly depending on the height, which controls the balance between tidal brackish water, and rain.

 

 

 

Trees to right and left mark the solid land.  Much of the mud was probably deposited when the Saxons cleared the forests, so deposition is unlikely to keep up with rising sea level here.

 

 

 

Microenvironments - the salt marsh drying at low water. Fine mud particles can be seen covering the surface, building the salt marsh ever higher.

 

 

 

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The reserve has provided a way of viewing the marsh without trampling.  The nearest creek floods every tide, higher tides cover the walkway knee deep.

 

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