Sunset Wood Avens. 

Sunrise: 05.03 Sunset: 09.09

  

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Too much water on the marsh.

Sunrise: 05.03 Sunset: 09.09

There is too much water on the marsh! How can there be too much water on a marsh, some of you must be thinking. Well, it’s true! We have too much water on the island, and too much water on the mainland. It’s not just a matter of my feet getting wet either; the high water levels are negatively affecting some of the rare marsh flora, such as the indicator plant marsh cinquefoil. 

Some rare wetland plants will tolerate deep water in winter, but struggle to survive during the growing season without effective water level management: they might become ‘swamped’ by water doc, reeds or yellow flag irises, for instance. 

The solution is simple: we increase water flow from the marsh into the river by progressively removing sluice boards until the waters reach acceptable levels. 

The south marsh sluice is easily accessible at the south pool. There isn’t a sluice on the island, so we will have to do a bit of ditching and install one.

The first image is of the pipe bridge that once transported dirt laden sugar beet washing water from a sugar factory to the lagoon field alongside Wilden Lane; the second image is of the south marsh sluice. 

  

 

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Looking West Across North Pond.

Sunrise: 05.03 Sunset: 09.09

Vegetation around North Pond is thick and colourful. It’s the cattle’s job to control undergrowth here.

  

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Yellow Flags. 

Sunrise: 05.03 Sunset: 09.09

This is the middle section of the North Pond Chain; it’s full of yellow flag irises. 

 
  

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Swamp Cattle. 

Sunrise: 05.03 Sunset: 09.09

The cattle are grazing sweet new grass when they should be eating Himalayan balsam. Balsam doesn’t grow in the swamp, but it does rise with a vengeance along the banks of the river and Hoo brook; Hoo Brook pasture is completely carpeted with it. There are eight cattle in the image; two others are lurking somewhere out of sight to the left.

The disused pipebridge can be seen spanning the river Stour and the canal. A narrowboat is moored to the right of the bridge; its occupants are sunning themselves on deckchairs. It was very hot on the marsh today. Fortunately, the flies are not yet biting me. 

Falling Sands Lock is 100 metres to the left of the pipebridge. 

  

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River Stour. 

Sunrise: 05.03 Sunset: 09.09

Looking over a hedge in the North Pasture. 

  

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Southern Marsh Orchids. 

Sunrise: 05.03   Sunset: 09.09

The marsh orchids are blooming. 

  

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