TQ8696 : Red glasswort fringing borrow dyke

taken 10 months ago, near to South Fambridge, Essex, Great Britain

Red glasswort fringing borrow dyke
Red glasswort fringing borrow dyke
It is unusual to find this plant on the land side of the sea wall, certainly in such large quantity. It is a salt loving plant. It possibly established itself after the November 1897 floods, when the sea wall was breached here and not made good until 1907. The rector of North Fambridge, writing in 1898, wrote that "The land is now covered with seaweed and marsh samphire or glasswort is growing everywhere". Even so, it is a long time to persist. There was some apparently lesser flooding here in 1953, which might have helped, and it looks as if the sea wall is permeable here and there - there were local subsidences in the terrace between wall and borrow dyke which were evidently not caused by slippage.
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Date Taken
Friday, 4 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Monday, 7 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Estuary, Marine 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8600 9658 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:38.2360N 0:41.1873E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 86023 96582
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