A Wood Sandpiper and four Greenshank were on Carter’s Flood this morning, and two Marsh Harriers were in the Pannel Valley. Yesterday an eclipse Garganey was on the Scrape.
Archive for August 5th, 2007
When houses were built her in the 1930’s, it was not envisaged that the soft clay coast would rapidly erode. In more recent years, home-owners who imagined their properties to be at some remove from the sea have found their gardens - and sometimes houses - sliding down to the beach, and have demanded coastal protection work to prevent further losses.
Following the construction of a granite bund in the mid-80s, further works are now being undertaken by Dean Dyball, who are encamped opposite The Smuggler.
This is what it looked like last winter.
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Fulmars currently occupy five sites along this stretch of sandstone, at two of which there are young birds.
The unique landslip wood at the western end of the cliff is suffering inexorable erosion, the whiteness of the Oak boughs suggesting to me that bark was stripped by the hailstorm on July 15th.
(Anyone exploring this beach should do so at low tide, keeping well away from the cliff face, where there have been recent rock falls. Big cracks threaten more to come.)