SP9113 : The Eastern Mud Flats at Startops Reservoir

taken 9 years ago, near to Marsworth, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

The Eastern Mud Flats at Startops Reservoir
The Eastern Mud Flats at Startops Reservoir
This shows the completely dry east side of reservoir, the bank with the bird hide being the dam of Marsworth Reservoir. Normally the water is right up to the bank. The green streaks are the remains of ridge and furrows of a Medieval field which was flooded when the reservoir was filled.

SP9113 : Startops Reservoir as it should be was taken from the corner in the reservoir bank to the far left in the above picture, looking directly towards the point where this picture was taken, but in the summer when the reservoir was at a high level.
Low Water in Startops Reservoir

Startops Reservoir became very low in the Autumn of 2011, as did the adjacent Marsworth and Tringford Reservoirs. Startops only receives water from the other two reservoirs when they are full and as a result the level was still slowly falling in January 2012 and only started to rise again at the end of February. The three reservoirs supply water to the Grand Union Canal which runs immediately to the North West of Startops Reservoir.

Ridge and Furrow Fields near Tring, Hertfordshire

Medieval farming involved large common fields which were divided into narrow strips, each a furrow long (hence the distance measure - a furlong). While this farming technique was abandoned several hundred years ago field signs can still sometimes be seen where there has not been deep modern ploughing.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 21 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 24 January, 2012
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Historic sites and artefacts  Water resources 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 919 136 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:48.8354N 0:40.0266W
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