Archive for December 28th, 2007

28th December 2007, Friday



The ancient marsh landscape of walls and ditches, described by Brian Banks on November 25th, shows up particularly well in the low midwinter sunlight.

Many of these civil engineering projects, which created today’s marsh, were undertaken in the late middle ages by Christ Church Canterbury, which was a major landowner in the area.

The work was funded by donations from the huge numbers of pilgrims converging on the tomb of St Thomas a Becket in Canterbury Cathedral; at that time the third greatest destination in Europe for the faithful.

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28th December 2007, Friday

Beach Reserve

Highlights this morning included, 430 Dunlin, 100 Curlew and 31 Grey plover feeding along the shore, a Merlin was present along Shore Ridges. The Shore Lark was again amongst 30+ Skylark feeding on the saltmarsh near the Red Roofed Hut.