TG3305 : Rockland Broad in February 2016

taken 3 years ago, near to Rockland st Mary, Norfolk, Great Britain

Rockland Broad in February 2016
Rockland Broad in February 2016
At this time of year the water table in the marshes is high and the water of the Broad reaches the footpath which skirts it, held back by a concrete wall.

The Broad covers an area of 50 acres and is completely surrounded by marshland and tall reed beds. Two dykes link it to the River Yare and there is a channel linking to Wheatfen Broad. A footpath - the first kilometre of it is wheelchair-accessible - leads to a viewing point to a bird hide. Some parts of Rockland Broad are badly silted.

Along its western edge, in an area referred to as "The Slaughters", there is a line of small islands extending from near the entrance of The Fleet in the north-east to almost the entrance into Rockland Dyke further to the south-west. Twelve wherries lie buried here, sunk in the mid-20th century. They are "Star of Hope", "Gleamer" > LinkExternal link , "Unexpected", "Diligent", "Chieftain", "Providence", "Cambria", "Madge", "Tiger", "Empress", "Leveret" > LinkExternal link and "Myth", with a 13th unidentified vessel just west of the entrance into Rockland Dyke. While some of the wherries sank, soil and debris gathered in some others, over time forming permanent little islands with trees now growing on them. The islands can be glimpsed in the distance.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 23 February, 2016   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 23 February, 2016
Geographical Context
Lakes, Wetland, Bog 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3326 0527 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:35.7077N 1:26.5588E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3347 0506
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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