TQ8596 : Borrow dyke, Blue House Farm Nature Reserve

taken 5 years ago, near to South Fambridge, Essex, Great Britain

Borrow dyke, Blue House Farm Nature Reserve
Borrow dyke, Blue House Farm Nature Reserve
This borrow dyke just behind the sea wall alongside the River Crouch at the Blue House Farm Nature Reserve which is managed by the Essex wildlife trust.

A borrow dyke is created when digging out soil alongside the river bank and placing it along the edge of the tidal riverside to make the raised seawall (or river defence) known as a "dyke”. The void left by digging out the soil to make the defensive dyke is called a “borrow dyke”. Borrow dykes are often brackish with fresh water from the surrounding area mixing with seawater which seeps through the dyke.
Blue House Farm Nature Reserve
Managed by Essex Wildlife Trust since 1998 this 600 acre farm is situated on the north bank of the River Crouch.

The Flat Fields have been grassland for the last 100 years, the remainder of the farm comprises of coastal grazing marsh with ancient creeks and hollows betraying its salt marsh origins.

The above adapted from Essex Wildlife Trust LinkExternal link
See also RSPB: LinkExternal link
Dengie Peninsula
The Dengie (pronounced with a soft G) Peninsula is an area of South Essex, bounded by the River Blackwater to the north, the River Crouch to the south and the North Sea to the east. The western Boundary of the old "Dengie Hundred" ran from (and included) North Fambridge to Woodham Walter: The nearby town of Maldon was not part of the Dengie Hundred as it was a borough in its own right. See LinkExternal link for a map of the Essex Hundreds.

The area has a relatively low population density, with large areas of farm and marsh land. The largest towns are Burnham on Crouch with a population of c. 7,500 and Southminster with a population of c. 3,800.

Useful links:
Dengie 100 LinkExternal link
Essex-family-history LinkExternal link
wikipedia LinkExternal link
Pillboxes
In 1940 a network of defences was hastily built all over the British Isles to prevent an anticipated German invasion. The most common of these defences were called “pillboxes”, squat concrete forts that were sited at road junctions, canals and other strategic points.
With the passage of time it is estimated that less than 6,000 of a total of 28,000 pillboxes built still survive. They remain as permanent monuments and a silent tribute to the courage and tenacity of the British people during the dark days of 1940 when Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany.
More detail see LinkExternal link

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TQ8596, 78 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 2 February, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 3 February, 2014
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
County (from Tags)
Essex 
Place (from Tags)
North Fambridge  Blue House Farm Nature Reserve 
River (from Tags)
Crouch 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 85722 96562 [1m precision]
WGS84: 51:38.2318N 0:40.9459E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 85684 96556
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Essex Wildlife Trust  Nature Reserve  Borrow Dyke  Sea Wall  Sea Defences  SSSI 

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