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Monday, 09 April 2007
Cuckmere River

Cuckmere River and Haven

This is a panoramic view of Cuckmere Haven and River from halfway up the path to the cliff top (known as “Cliff End”).  Click on the photo for bigger version, or here for Flickr version.

In this photograph you can see the lagoons (in front of the river) which are human artifacts, and the canalised form of the river (built in 1846).  Slightly higher upstream (and out of view) are the famous meanders (also human constructions). The latter two were constructed to prevent flooding of the valley and to assist with agriculture. Some of the earliest banks built to control flooding and reclaim land go back to medieval times - 500 years ago the valley was a salt marsh.  The lagoons were constructed relatively recently (1975) to (re-)provide a nesting and feeding area for migratory birds. The park had been purchased three years before by the East Sussex County Council. The Environmental Agency is currently developing a plan to flood the haven, recreating the salt marsh, so that it can support a wider variety of plant and animal life.

Details about and links to the restoration project for this area are on Wikipedia.

Posted by bigblue on 09/04/2007 at 09:33 PM
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