Tuesday, 12 August 2014

High Tide, Low Tide

Today there was a fairly high spring tide and I thought you might like to see how much water comes in. Here is a picture of my neighbour's barge, taken from our aft deck.  This is not a really, really high tide, as the water is often much higher.


And here is a picture at low tide.


The mudflats at Tollesbury are quite well known.  A few years ago the sea wall was broken and the land flooded as an experiment to create natural flood plains.  It has worked quite well, but is still constantly monitored by DEFRA to see if this method of flood defence can be rolled out elsewhere.  They had thought that a lot of the natural habitat and subsequently the seabirds would return once the land was flooded, however the ragworms had other ideas and they have thrived in the marshes.  So if you need bait as a fisherman, Tollesbury is the place to be.  That said, we do have a good amount of different birds around that entertain us for hours.  We also have samphire all around us, which people pay an absolute fortune for.  Can't see why though, personally I think it's horrible!


9 comments:

Chickpea said...

I like samphire so I would be eating it everyday if I lived there. I remember digging for ragworms on the beach with my dad for bait, but I don't eat fish so I won't be needing any bait :)

Dc said...

Good job your barges are flat bottomed!

Connie said...

Hi Fran, It is easy to see that there is never a dull moment around your home. Your in the water, your out of the water . . . it must keep life very interesting:) I had to Wikipedia samphire. I thought that it was probably a fish, LOL.
Keep Smiling.
Connie :)

Ib Frohberg said...

Good business ? Eebbshop ?

www.bbc.co.uk/food/samphire

Jo said...

Such a difference. I've never tried samphire but it was used so often on Masterchef this year that I must buy some to taste, I'm intrigued.

A Heron's View said...

So what's the fishing like Fran ?

Val Poore said...

I love mudflats. I think I would really like being moored there near you, Fran. This kind of wild flooded land is really appealing to me! xxxx

Powell River Books said...

Do you ever have problems with the barge not settling even? Do you float with the tides each day, or just on high ones? I'd never heard of samphire before. Like of looks like a thin asparagus. - Margy

Sandy said...

Wow that difference is incredible!