SJ7261 : Sandbach Flashes: The Moat aka Fodens Flash

taken 4 years ago, near to Elworth, Cheshire, Great Britain

Sandbach Flashes: The Moat aka Fodens Flash
Sandbach Flashes: The Moat aka Fodens Flash
One of the Sandbach Flashes, beloved of birdwatchers for many years. Though officially known as 'The Moat', birders have always known it as 'Fodens Flash', named after the lorry works which formerly stood nearby.
Cheshire flashes
The historic salt industry in south Cheshire began as the small-scale exploitation of natural brine springs and eventually led to industrial scale brine pumping. The paractice was particularly common from the 1920s to 1970s in the area around Middlewich and Sandbach, where brine was pumped out of disused salt mine workings. This led to the eventual collapse of the large underground chambers. The resulting subsidence at ground level formed water-filled depressions known as "flashes", which attract wading birds more often found in coastal saltmarshes and the like. The phenomenon (without the saline water) is also found in coal mining areas: see the similar Shared Description for Wigan Flashes. For a fuller explanation and maps, see LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Saturday, 14 June, 2014   (more nearby)
Saturday, 6 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Lakes, Wetland, Bog 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 7295 6130 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:8.8889N 2:24.3538W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 7304 6129
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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